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Most transgender troops to be banned under new Pentagon policy

WASHINGTON — The White House and Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new policy on transgender troops that will severely restrict their place in the military.<p>Pentagon officials had a deadline of Friday to put in place the new policy after months of consideration and court challenges. President Trump …

Military

A huge new Stanford and Harvard study proves that US inequality isn’t just about class

For decades, an increasingly loud chorus has claimed that economic inequality is primarily driven by class, with other possible reasons for disparities, such as race, playing a lesser role. They say that it is counterproductive to focus on inequality between races—instead, it is better to consider …

President Trump's Military Parade Is Likely to be a Logistical Nightmare for Planners

Eager to show off American military might, President Donald Trump has tasked Pentagon planners to design an attention-grabbing parade in the nation’s …

War

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

San Francisco to dismiss all marijuana convictions dating back to 1975 as California redefines attitude to cannabis

District Attorney George Gascon has said that San Francisco will immediately dismiss all marijuana misdemeanour convictions dating to 1975 and will …

Immigration

Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered House map was struck down — with huge implications for 2018

It was one of the most pro-Republican gerrymanders in the country.<p>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last month that the state’s US House of Representatives map was based on a Republican partisan gerrymander that violated the state’s constitution — and struck the map down. But the state GOP made …

Schumer withdraws offer on Trump's wall

Republicans aligned with Trump are unlikely to go for any bill that does not offer a major boost in border wall funding.<p>Chuck Schumer is taking his big spending boost for Donald Trump’s border wall off the table.<p>The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House that he was …

Donald Trump

Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government.<p>This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress and the White House controlled by the same party, and it comes on the one-year anniversary of President …

Donald Trump

Turkey deploys tanks, says will act against US-backed forces in Syria as US backpedals

HATAY, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, but Washington denied such plans and said "some people misspoke".<p>Turkish President Erdogan has …

Middle East

Haitians Are No Longer Eligible for Temporary Work Visas in the U.S.

Amidst tension over President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration from certain countries, residents of Haiti, Belize and Samoa will lose eligibility …

Immigration

Rumors Of Our Demise: The Science And Economics Of Climate Change

Anthropogenic global warming is being superimposed on a highly variable natural system; it is not obvious how much of the change is natural.<p>Estimates …

Climate Change

The Ten Worst Things Scott Pruitt’s EPA Has Already Done

Don’t be overwhelmed by bad environmental news—itemize it.<p>No part of the government has been untouched by the Trump revolution. Multiple Cabinet …

Scott Pruitt

Tactical Fitness: Starting at Zero Pushups and Building Up

Beginners to fitness often have an issue with upper body strength when first starting and cannot do a single pushup. Here is a question from a woman …

Workouts

BAD IDEA: Elizabeth Warren Tweets She Believes In Science, Gets Roasted Immediately

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump that made fun of global warming on Thursday by tweeting that she …

New York Times

Conservative Pushes the Limits on CNN, Causes Don Lemon to Have a Meltdown, Cut to Commercial Break

There are apparently some topics Don Lemon does not want to talk about.<p>On Thursday, the CNN news anchor was discussing the FBI investigation into …

Will Nikki Haley be America's first female president?

Democrats are trying to stack the deck with female candidates for the 2020 presidential race, desperate for a do-over of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 attempt to put a woman in the Oval Office for the first time. But if President Trump continues to have the kind of success for the American people …

Nikki Haley

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

Books

'Heinous atrocity': Same-sex couple, two kids murdered in New York basement

Police are working to try and unravel the mystery of who killed a woman, her partner and her two young children, whose bodies were found in a riverfront apartment house the day after Christmas.<p>"After being in this business for 43 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person who would do this," …

Crime

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

<b>Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Newt Gingrich: Get ready for the great political surprise of 2018

The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.<p>After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 …

Rhode Island

Alabama Certifies Jones Win, Brushing Aside Challenge From Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama officials on Thursday unhesitatingly pushed aside a legal challenge from Roy S. Moore and certified Doug Jones as the winner of this month’s Senate election.<p>The action, during a brief meeting at the State Capitol, was essentially the state’s final step before the seating …

Government

Native American tribes oppose planned bioterrorism tests near childrens' graves in Oklahoma

Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred …

Haley: 'The US will be taking names' when UN votes on Jerusalem decision

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyUK: Ex-spy’s poisoning ‘leads inexorably to the Kremlin’ Russia is already …

One-vote recount win gives Democrats tie in Virginia state House

‘EVERY. VOTE. MATTERS.,’ Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine tweeted.<p>A single vote in Newport News, Virginia, is set to give Democrats partial control of the state's House of Delegates and could help the party pass Medicaid expansion next year.<p>After a recount conducted Tuesday, Democrat Shelly Simonds had …

Elections

Sources: Former Acting AG Yates to contradict administration about Flynn at hearing

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is prepared to testify before a Senate panel next week that she gave a forceful warning to the White House regarding then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn nearly three weeks before he was fired, contradicting the administration's …

Donald Trump

Black Americans living longer, but racial gap remains, CDC says

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to the overall health of black Americans, there's good news and bad news, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.<p>The good news is that the overall death rate for black people in the United States has declined about 25% in …

Public Health

Puerto Rico, with $73 billion in debt, forced toward bankruptcy

Puerto Rico teetered into insolvency Wednesday as the chronically troubled U.S. territory of 3.4 million citizens buckled under its ever-increasing debt, which stands at $73 billion.<p>The process that Puerto Rico has undertaken is a prelude to bankruptcy, but in this case it is tailored for …

Caribbean

House to vote Thursday on Obamacare repeal bill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The House will vote Thursday on the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, setting up a dramatic moment that could give President Donald Trump the significant legislative victory he's been seeking.<p>Top Republicans are very confident. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy …

Health Care

The Books That Made Your Favorite Writers Want to Write

It’s a question that’s asked by interviewers all the time: how did you become a writer? It’s kind of a lob, and for many authors, the answer is …