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Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright describes herself as an "optimist who worries a lot." And lately, it seems, there has been much to worry about.<p>Albright's new book, <i>Fascism: A Warning,</i> starts by describing how Hitler and Mussolini came to power in the 20th century, then warns about …

Political Science

Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.<p>For decades, scientists have thought that black holes should sink to the center of galaxies and …

Black Holes

Repeal the Second Amendment, retired Supreme Court justice says

Retired Associate Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is willing to go where even Parkland, Fla., school-shooting survivor David Hogg won’t — …

Gun Control

Facts Don't Change People's Minds. Here's What Does

Changing others’ minds, or our own, is a tricky business. Here’s how to make it happen.<p>If you had asked me this question–How do you change a …

Armed Forces

What America Stood For

"Where people are desperate, it is still America they count on, whether they love or scorn it, and America they blame when aid does not come."<p>After Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election in November, a foreign ambassador accosted one of my deputies at the State Department, where …

Political Science

Here are the official photos that show Obama's inauguration crowd was bigger than Trump's

The National Park Service on Monday released hundreds of ground and aerial photographs its staff shot of President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration. It also released photos of the swearing-in of former President Barack Obama four and eight years ago.<p>And it's pretty clear that the crowd size at …

7 Mindfulness Techniques That Literally Rewire Your Brain to Let Go of Anxiety and Worry

Anxiety is a big problem for many people in America. According to recent statistics, more than 3.3 million people in the US suffer from an anxiety …

What Steve Bannon really wants

What does Donald Trump want for America? His supporters don’t know. His party doesn’t know. Even he doesn’t know.<p>If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, however, the person to ask is not Trump. It’s his éminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump …

Political Science

A Short History of 'America First'

The phrase used by President Trump has been linked to anti-Semitism during World War II.<p>President Trump’s speech Friday will go down as one of the shorter inaugural addresses, but it will also be remembered for its populist and often dark tone.<p>“From this day forward,” Trump said at one point, “it’s …

Political Science

Women's March on Washington overshadows Trump's first full day in office

While women marched around the world, press secretary Sean Spicer berated the media for ‘minimising the enormous support’ at Trump’s inauguration<p>Hundreds of thousands of women turned Washington’s National Mall into a sea of pink on Saturday, sending the first concerted message of grassroots …

Donald Trump

Decoding Trump’s meaningless mantra: Making America great again for the sour, mean and delusional

“Make America great again” means whatever you want it to — at least if you’re a paranoid, small-minded white dude<p>Since launching his presidential campaign back in mid-2015, Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” has taken on a life of its own, becoming a rallying cry for …

Political Science

Anything at All Can Happen in the Age of Trump

Welcome to the Age of Trump, where no one has any idea what the policies of the President of the United States are, including the President of the …

ACLU

As power shifts, Trump’s team remains unprepared to govern

Close video<p>The Rachel Maddow Show, 1/19/17, 9:41 PM ET<p>At last minute, Trump asks Obama appointees to stay<p>Rachel Maddow reports that Donald Trump, …

Don’t Forget Rick Perry Is Now in Charge of American Physics

Is the Department of Energy going to be safe in Perry's hands? Doubtful.<p>Scientists are scared as hell for what the incoming Donald Trump …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

The Trump story media dare not utter: They sacrificed democracy for ratings

Democracy can’t survive when media have a sole commitment to profit with little consideration for the public good<p>The media are engaged in an orgy of navel-gazing about the Donald Trump presidency, but they're totally, utterly, absolutely, no-way-in-hell willing to gaze at their own navel.<br>Did …

Donald Trump

4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election

And yes, it still matters.<p>Donald Trump has called his election a historic landslide, but it was anything but. Only two other presidents have been elected with smaller popular vote margins since records began in 1824. His edge in the Electoral College, while decisive, depends on less than 80,000 …

Government

In SC business, Trump claims no relationship to son he bailed out

Rachel Maddow reports on how Donald Trump bought his son's failed business to shield him from having to clean up possible pollution at the business …

UK intelligence gave US key tipoff about Russian hacking, report says

Donald Trump tweets defiance as New York Times sources say Britain ‘among first’ to raise alarm over hacking of Democratic National Committee<p>Coats is Trump intelligence pick as president-elect touts Russia relations<p>British intelligence reportedly provided a vital tipoff to the US in 2015 about the …

Donald Trump

The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker

The president ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and replaced him with Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who declared Trump to be in “excellent” health in January.<p><i>Updated on March 28 at 7:11 p.m. ET</i><p>Another member of President Trump’s original Cabinet is out.<p>In a tweet Wednesday …

Donald Trump

Science suggests that frequently repeating a lie creates “the illusion of truth”

The techniques of propagandists work for good reason. Studies show that the more often we hear a statement, the more likely we are to believe it is true—regardless of the underlying facts.<p>Tom Stafford, a professor of psychology and cognitive science at the University of Sheffield and author of <i>For</i> …

Psychology

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, explained:<p><b>1. God as an old white man in the sky is unconvincing</b><p>Depictions of God as a humanoid (this is called 'anthropo-morphism' = in human form) …

Faith

Now all news is “fake news”: The right’s war against truth goes back long before 9/11

Donald Trump and his media allies have convinced millions of Americans that there’s no such thing as the truth<p>Conservatives are trying to give us all a headache -- and not just by taking away our health insurance and worshipping Donald Trump. They are launching an attack on the concept of reality …

Political Science

Is Donald Trump a traitor? His path to the White House suggests a pattern of profound disloyalty

There’s a word for someone who colludes with a foreign power to subvert democracy and overthrow political norms<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump urged a foreign power, Russia, to interfere in the American election in order to undermine his Democratic rival …

Donald Trump

Filthy Little Atheist

<b>President Teddy Roosevelt called Thomas Paine a 'Filthy Little Atheist,'</b> a phrase with as many errors in it as words, since Paine was fastidiously clean, stood taller than most of his contemporaries at five feet ten inches, and was a professed believer in God.<p>Paine was often called an atheist by …

Faith

The Obama legacy that can’t be repealed

There is no mystery about Barack Obama’s greatest presidential achievement: He stopped the Great Recession from becoming the second Great Depression. True, he had plenty of help, including from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and from the top officials at the Treasury Department and Federal …

Economics

Brain, Mind, Body And The Disease Of Addiction

The standard definition of drug or alcohol addiction is that it's a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.<p>In a comprehensive report on the topic, published last month, the surgeon general gives this familiar definition a more positive spin. He eschews the "cure" word and focuses instead on the …

Consciousness

McMullin: GOP ignored Russian meddling in presidential election

Congressional Republicans knew about Russian attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election as those efforts were ongoing and chose to do nothing about them for fear of hurting the electoral chances of President-elect Donald Trump, former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin said …

Donald Trump

Rise of the alt-right: How mainstream conservatives’ obsession with purity fueled a new right-wing radicalism

The GOP’s endless battles over who is or isn’t a “true conservative” created a movement it couldn’t control<p><i>Editor's note: This is the third installment of Matthew Sheffield's series on the origins and rise of the alt-right. Read the first two: "How the alt-right became racist, Part 1: A short</i> …

Republicans

Welcome to the Universe: Neil deGrasse Tyson on space and other unknowns

Can we afford a no-holds-barred approach to scientific research? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells DW why, when it comes to space, or any …

Physics