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New details emerge about the sexual assault allegation against actor George Takei

<b>George Takei (AP/Victoria Will)</b><p>A writer who investigated Scott Brunton’s accusations suggests that the public and press got it wrong. Did they?<p>Rachel Leah<p>May 26, 2018 10:45pm (UTC)<p>In November 2017, "Star Trek" icon and activist George Takei was accused of sexual assault, stemming from an incident …

Harvey Weinstein

Guns N’ Roses commemorative album will cost fans $1,000

<b>(AP/Reuters/Arben Celi/RTNKabik/Owen Sweeney)</b><p>30th anniversary edition of the band’s famous album, “Appetite for Destruction,” will be $999<p>Taylor Link<p>May 26, 2018 9:32pm (UTC)<p>The average rock fan may find the upcoming Guns N' Roses album a little hard to get. Next month, the legendary rock band will …

Universal Music Group

Morgan Freeman responds to allegations of sexual harassment, says legacy is “at risk”

<b>Morgan Freeman (AP/Chris Pizzello)</b><p>In his apology, Freeman draws a distinction from his behavior and that of Harvey Weinstein’s<p>Taylor Link<p>May 26, 2018 3:37pm (UTC)<p>Like many actors and Hollywood personalities before him, Morgan Freeman has answered to allegations of sexual misconduct. The Academy …

Morgan Freeman

Why does Israel’s illegal separation wall still stand?

<b>Israel's separation wall</b><p>In his new documentary, “Broken,” Palestinian-American filmmaker Mohammed Alatar looks for answers<p>Rachel Leah<p>May 26, 2018 3:00pm (UTC)<p>The 400<b>-</b>mile wall meant to divide Israelis from Palestinians along the West Bank features concrete slabs that rise to more than 25 feet tall …

Israel

She said she’d free them from addiction. She turned them into her personal servants

<b>(AP Photo/Chris Post)</b><p>Jennifer Warren has spent years recruiting the poor and desperate to her drug rehabilitation program<p>Amy Julia Harris • Shoshana Walter<p>May 26, 2018 1:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting<p>Jennifer Warren has spent years …

Rehabilitation

Looking for Philip Roth in Central Park

<b>(AP/Getty)</b><p>He was famous and talented, she was beautiful and kind, I was young and stupid<p>Lucian K. Truscott IV<p>May 26, 2018 12:00pm (UTC)<p>That fall, at a party I threw at the barge where I was living on the Hudson, someone dosed me with really, really bad acid, and I had a very disturbing run-in with …

Living Rooms

“The new Ross and Rachel”: Late night hosts on Trump’s on-again, off-again bromance with Kim Jong Un

<b>"Late Night with Seth Meyers" (YouTube/Late Night with Seth Meyers)</b><p>Late night mourns the US-North Korea summit<p>Shira Tarlo<p>May 25, 2018 4:17pm (UTC)<p>Late-night hosts have been discussing the planned meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un closely over the last few …

Donald Trump

Trump drones on: How unpiloted aircraft expand the war on terror

<b>(AP/Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>President Trump has no qualms about the CIA’s involvement in drone killings<p>Rebecca Gordon<p>May 25, 2018 9:30am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the …

Middle East

President Donald Trump pardons late heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson

<b>Sylvester Stallone; Jack Johnson; Donald Trump (Getty/Olivier Douliery/Lass)</b><p>He called Johnson “a truly great fighter” who served jail time for “what many view as racially-motivated injustice”<p>Shira Tarlo<p>May 24, 2018 11:04pm (UTC)<p>President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a posthumous pardon to late …

Donald Trump

Samantha Bee: Trump is a walking “advertisement for birth control”

<b>Samantha Bee (Getty/Emma McIntyre)</b><p>“Trump is stripping rights away from women for political expediency alone, and that’s just an evil thing to do”<p>Shira Tarlo<p>May 24, 2018 4:31pm (UTC)<p>Samantha Bee began her show this week on a positive note, applauding the Democratic primary victory of Georgia's …

Samantha Bee

Russia, Putin lead the way in exploiting democracy’s lost promise

<b>Vladimir Putin (AP/Alexei Nikolsky)</b><p>Putin’s March re-election is a sign that the liberal experiment in Russia is over for the foreseeable future<p>Brian Grodsky<p>May 24, 2018 7:59am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>How do you give democracy a bad name?<p>You fail to deliver on …

Russia

It’s time to choose between guns and kids

<b>A memorial to the victims of the May 18 shooting line the lawn in front of Santa Fe High School on May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. T (Getty/Scott Olson)</b><p>Many Americans would rather own inert, deadly guns than raise living breathing children<p>Lucian K. Truscott IV<p>May 23, 2018 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Forget “this …

Guns

Diplomacy in the age of Trump: Former U.S. ambassador quits, tells all

<b>John D. Feeley (Getty/Rodrigo Arangua)</b><p>“He’s like a velociraptor. He has to be boss, and if you don’t show him deference he kills you”<p>Shira Tarlo<p>May 23, 2018 5:50pm (UTC)<p>The former U.S. ambassador to Panama just likened President Donald Trump to a "velociraptor" who destroys any obstacles in his …

Donald Trump

Trump’s “Spygate” tweets perfectly illustrate his Fox News feedback loop

<b>Donald Trump (AP/David Furst/Getty/Stan honda/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The president is now claiming the FBI’s use of informants on his campaign violated his rights<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>May 23, 2018 3:23pm (UTC)<p>On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump performed what has become a regular ritual for his …

Donald Trump

How a typical government leak turned into a three-way war between Comey, McCabe and Trump

<b>(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)</b><p>Two former allies have offered contradictory accounts of the orchestrated FBI leak that spawned an investigation<p>Peter Elkind<p>May 22, 2018 9:30am (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on ProPublica.</i><p>One of them has to be lying.<p>That conclusion is inescapable if you closely …

Donald Trump

NY Times reporter explains how media outlets fall for Trump’s racism

<b>Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)</b><p>Maggie Haberman explains how Trump’s vague, coded statements have provided him cover from criticism in the past<p>Dina Radtke<p>May 22, 2018 8:59am (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on Media Matters.</i><p>President Donald …

Donald Trump

Police union is lobbying to expand powers to tase people who don’t pose a threat

<b>(Getty/Chalabala)</b><p>Last November, San Francisco’s Police Commission approved tasers for the city’s police<p>Michael Arria<p>May 22, 2018 8:00am (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared in In These Times.</i><p>The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow …

San Francisco

Mario Batali under criminal investigation, NYPD confirms

<b>Mario Batali (AP/Andy Kropa)</b><p>The celebrity chef has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault<p>Rachel Leah<p>May 21, 2018 5:16pm (UTC)<p>Disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali was the center of Sunday night's "60 Minutes" episode amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and …

Sexual Harassment

The Trumpire strikes back: White House launches incoherent counterattack on Mueller probe

<b>Robert Mueller; Donald Trump Jr.; Donald Trump (Getty Images/Salon)</b><p>Even as news emerges of another suspicious Donald Trump Jr. meeting, White House launches major assault on FBI<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>May 21, 2018 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Last week we found out that Michael Cohen, President Trump's now-notorious …

Donald Trump

Tax law’s “opportunity zones” won’t create opportunities for the people who need it most

<b>(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)</b><p>Tax breaks to spur investment in cities like Camden, New Jersey, were meant to reduce poverty<p>Timothy Weaver<p>May 21, 2018 10:30am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>The latest federal effort to revitalize impoverished parts of the country …

New Jersey

Is it legal for Trump to block you on Twitter? Maybe not

<b>(Getty/Mark Wilson/Twitter/realDonaldTrumps)</b><p>Trump’s Justice Department argues that Twitter accounts aren’t a “town hall” or open forum. Many activists disagree<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>November 26, 2017 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump's usage of his Twitter account to pontificate on the news and make staffing and …

Social Media

Will Bernie run in 2020? Former campaign manager: He “has more energy … than people half his age”

<b>Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders (AP/Toby Talbot)</b><p>Former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver on his new book, what went wrong in 2016 — and a possible 2020 campaign<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>May 21, 2018 10:00am (UTC)<p>If you voted for Bernie Sanders in 2016 -- and quite likely even if you didn't -- I highly recommend …

Middle-class

Trump’s latest outrageous appointee: A judge who wants to shut down the EPA

<b>(AP/Salon)</b><p>Andrew Oldham has argued that regulating pollution is illegitimate. But he’s fine with taking away human rights<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 21, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>Senate Republicans have been cramming Donald Trump's hardline right-wing nominees onto the federal courts at breakneck speed. So it's …

Rights & Freedoms

“One drop” — Reckoning with the erasure of Native identity in Appalachia

<b>(AP Photo/David Stephenson)</b><p>A personal investigation with what it means to be a mixed-race Native American citizen<p>M.W. Flash Clark<p>May 21, 2018 8:59am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on 100 Days in Appalachia.<p>The classical stereotype of the Native American is a tired and worn cliché: a …

Native Americans

It took food poisoning, $7500, and an intervention to make me realize I had a kombucha problem

Food poisoning. Thousands of dollars spent. Going on dates just to get the guy’s SCOBY. Did I have a problem?<p>Amanda Medress<p>May 20, 2018 11:30pm (UTC)<p>On the day of our OKCupid date, I woke up thinking not about my suitor, but about his fungus. How big would it be? What would it smell like? I waited …

San Francisco

Why America needs a new approach to school desegregation

<b>(Getty/recep-bg)</b><p>Despite decades of attempts at integration, America’s school remain largely segregated<p>Jerry Rosiek<p>May 20, 2018 11:29pm (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>Despite all the time and effort invested desegregating the nation’s schools over the past half …

Education

David Bowie, up close and personal: How the “David Bowie Is” exhibit was made

<b>David Bowie poses beside his Rolls Royce in May 1973. (AP)</b><p>After a five-year tour, “David Bowie Is” is at its final stop, the Brooklyn Museum, through July 15<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 20, 2018 10:30pm (UTC)<p>The Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibit “David Bowie Is” brings David Bowie's work and spirit to life …

David Bowie

The Birth of the World’s First Air Force, The RAF

<b>An RAF bomber crew; October, 1940 (Getty Images)</b><p>An excerpt from “RAF: The Birth of the World’s First Air Force,” by historian Richard Overy<p>Richard Overy<p>May 20, 2018 9:30pm (UTC)<p><i>The following is an adapted excerpt from</i> <i>"RAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force" by Richard Overy. With permission</i> …

Military

Margot Kidder, Woman of Steel: Her Lois Lane was a hero, too

<b>Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (Warner Bros.)</b><p>Kidder, who died this week, played many public parts in her life, but Lois remained her iconic role for good reason<p>Gwenda Bond<p>May 20, 2018 8:30pm (UTC)<p>I’m not sure how old I was when I first saw Margot Kidder as …

Lois Lane

The world according to “Weird Al” Yankovic, who’s always been more than a novelty

<b>"Weird Al" Yankovic (Getty/Rachel Murray)</b><p>We can chart decades of major cultural, social and musical trends through his discography—and not just the parodies<p>annie zaleski<p>May 20, 2018 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Several weeks ago, "Weird Al" Yankovic and his band covered David Bowie's "Suffragette City" during the …

David Bowie