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“Spiritual but not religious”: inside America's rapidly growing faith group

A new poll finds almost one in five Americans is spiritual but not religious.<p>Ava Lee Scott, an actress and theater-maker in New York, doesn’t practice an organized religion. Raised in both Catholic and Jewish traditions, Scott’s own spiritual life is far more eclectic. She studies ancient …

Religion

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Social Media

The Confederate mystique: White America’s toxic romance with a criminal regime

Let Ulysses S. Grant explain: The Confederacy was “the worst cause ever,” and “a stupendous crime of treason”<p>It’s a venerable New York joke, a classic example of self-canceling urban humor: Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb? I would answer that the guy in that impressive crypt in upper Manhattan, in a …

Anachronistic

Pilot Takes Amazing Photos From His Cockpit, And They Will Take Your Breath Away

Being a pilot, you get to see a bunch of beautiful sights from above. Being a pilot for a South American airline, you also get to witness the …

Video: How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs Every Time

You’ll never overcook your eggs again<p>Eggs are one of the easiest, cheapest proteins that you can make for any meal. The trouble with eggs is it’s not …

Paul Ryan admits health care bill is designed to open way for tax cuts for wealthy

Beleaguered moderates in Trump White House have been left out of domestic policy decisions<p>It’s been nearly a decade since Republicans last held all three elected branches of government and now, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, it’s about time for the GOP to finally get serious.<p>“What good is it …

Donald Trump

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.<p>On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old …

The Florida Supreme Court just dealt another blow to gun advocates

Like many other state and federal courts throughout the country, the Florida Supreme Court concluded that the Second Amendment cannot be read to bar states from regulating the manner in which firearms are kept and used.<p>As the court noted at the outset, virtually any adult who has no physical …

Guns

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Odd stories abound as we get nearer the resolution of the all-out war<p>10:15 p.m. April 1, 2018<p>This year’s box office so far has been a story of one …

Black Panther

Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades Of Denial About America’s Role In The World.

There’s been lots attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue …

Political Science

Containing Trump

He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.<p>Whatever his intellectual and political gifts, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was a cunning and dangerous criminal. For him, issuing illegal …

Political Science

Is Michael Flynn the first casualty of a “deep state” coup? It’s not unthinkable

Whatever the truth may be about Trump and Russia, the intelligence community is likely using it to undermine him<p>Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser — and the murky, widening scandal that it has provoked— has prompted another bout of shivering and shaking in the media about …

Russia

Time is running out on American democracy, historian says

We may have a year or less, and it has happened to countries like us before, says a Yale professor<p>Timothy Snyder, a Yale scholar and an authority on European political history, has spent decades studying the rise of fascist movements. With the ascension of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, …

Political Science

Michael Flynn's Debacle

Trump’s national security adviser’s potentially false statements about his pre-inauguration contacts with Russian officials are a major scandal.<p>“This reminds me of the run-up to Iran- Contra.”<p>The person offering that gloomy observation was a veteran of many years in and around the US defense …

Donald Trump

Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright, author of Clara Callan, dies at 79

Richard B. Wright, an award-winning author whose contemplative, finely crafted novels turned life's ordinary moments into something extraordinary, died on Tuesday. He was 79.<p>His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Dean Cooke.<p>"He was a lovely man and a real writer," said Cooke. "It was one of …

Books

The Senate's confirmation of Betsy DeVos may be historic – but it’s also a sign of how far the Capitol's warfare has sunk

Betsy DeVos' confirmation as Education Secretary thanks to the tie-breaking Senate vote of the Vice President is not just an unprecedented event in …

Donald Trump

How Many People Has The US Killed In War? Donald Trump Is Right, We Do Have 'A Lot Of Killers'

President Donald Trump drew bipartisan criticism when he defended Vladimir Putin against charges the Russian president was a killer, telling Bill …

The Handmaid's Tale tops Amazon's best-seller list

Looks like George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> has some company at the top of Amazon’s best-seller list; Margaret Atwood’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> currently sits at …

7 Recipes to Make Using Store Bought Rotisserie Chicken

We all have that one day a <b>week</b> where maybe cooking is not on the agenda so we go to the grocery store and pick up a tasty rotisserie chicken. And hey I'm not judgin cause I do the same thing. However instead of just eating a boring chicken I have come up with 7 Ways You Can Use Up That Chicken to …

Cooking

Be Prepared for a Bear Market

Regardless of what Trump does, a downturn is coming.<p>Every day since President Donald Trump took office seems to bring a new political shock, so you might be surprised to learn that the stock market is just shy of all-time highs.<p>The new president may be unpredictable, but that volatility has yet to …

Stock Markets

'An epic confrontation': has travel ban put White House and courts at odds?

On Saturday, as the president attacked a judge who ruled against his executive order, experts warned of an impending crisis. Then the government appealed<p>‘Lack of respect’: Democrats hit back at Trump outrage over ban ruling<p>As the Trump administration prepared to challenge a ruling against its …

Immigration

Trump Allies Tell Us Where They Think The GOP Is Headed

For decades, the two major political parties in the United States have had pretty clear identities. The Republican Party was made up of fiscal …

Donald Trump

The Crock Pot Recipes That'll Make Your Super Bowl Party Easy

Super Bowl Sunday is the best day of the year to pull out your slow cooker. Even if you rarely use yours, this is the day to dust it off and make some of the best game-day foods.<p>The slow cooker is a master at making all of our favorite snack foods, and it’s a natural choice for dips and chilis, …

Cooking

False Teachers and Deadly Doctrines

For the past few years, lists of Christian bestsellers have been topped by a book claiming fresh revelation from Jesus Christ. Before that, they were …

Theology

The Inevitability Of Impeachment

Trump has been trying to govern by impulse, on whim, for personal retribution, for profit, by decree ― as if he had been elected dictator. It doesn’t work, and the wheels are coming off the bus. After a week!<p>Impeachment is gaining ground because it is the only way to get him out, and because …

Donald Trump

A Dangerously Isolated President

The Presidential order that Donald Trump signed on Friday barring all refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries from travel to the United States was reviewed by virtually no one. The State Department did not help craft it, nor the Defense Department, nor Justice. Trump’s Secretary of …

Homeland Security

Steve Bannon's longtime suspicion of successful immigrants is the key to this weekend's chaos

Shortly after President Trump issued his sweeping immigration order Friday evening, questions began to arise about its scope. It clearly suspended the refugee program, and blocked new immigration from residents of seven majority-Muslim countries. But it slowly became clear that it went even further …