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The House Science Committee Chair is harassing climate scientists

Lamar Smith has targeted government climate change researchers with a subpoena that demands all their notes and correspondence relating to a recent study<p>If you don’t like a particular scientific study, attack the scientists who produced it. It’s a tried and true method of manufacturing controversy …

Straight man has lovely response to a gay man who asked for his number

Shane asked for Chad's number at a wedding, and although Chad had a girlfriend he gave a brilliant response<p>It takes a lot of courage to ask someone you don't know for their number - especially if you are gay and don't know whether or not they are too.<p>"I thought it was extremely brave and I know …

Is the Church Dying?

Very often, I get emails from strangers who have read one of the many things I've written over the years for the Huffington Post on the fate of the Church in America.<p>I got another email again yesterday. This time, the inquirer, himself a writer himself for a major religious publication, wanted to …

This Airline Asked a Lesbian Couple to Move so a Straight Couple Could Sit Together

And they wouldn't take no for an answer.<p>A lesbian couple traveling from Brisbane to Melbourne this week was asked to move so a straight couple could sit together, Pink News reports.<p>Merrin Hicks was sitting between her partner, Kristina Antoniades, and a man, with the man's wife in the row behind …

Did Joseph Build the Great Pyramid at Gezah?

Dr. Ben Carson has made lots of controversial headlines this week with his assertion, that turns out to be qute common in certain Adventist/Fundamentalist Christian circles, that the biblical Joseph, of the book of Genesis in the Bible, in fact built the Great Pyramid of Cheops--the one that …

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Black Trans Woman Profiled By Iowa Hotel Files Civil Rights Complaint

The state's comprehensive nondiscrimination law made the complaint possible.<p>In 28 states, a hotel can refuse service to a transgender person, or discriminate against them in other ways, and face no legal repercussions. But this sort of discrimination is illegal under Iowa law, so a black trans …

Carson talks issues _ and comes up short on specifics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson got the chance he wanted to talk substance in the latest Republican debate. Be careful what you ask for.<p>In his turns at …

The Real Problem With Political Correctness

Last night I walked in to Starbucks, ordered a hot tea and sat down to do some work. The employees were joking, singing, dancing, changing out signs, putting out holiday merchandise and somehow managing to keep up with the drive-through. It was a fun atmosphere.<p>I sat down and logged on to the …

Really, it’s time to shut down the GOP: A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch

<b>(AP/Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Rebecca Cook/Charles Sykes)</b><p>“News” without truth. A base that celebrates a clown. Tear the party down and start over — for the country’s sake<p>Sean Illing<p>July 21, 2015 6:35pm (UTC)<p>Republicans are finally noticing that Donald Trump is a political liability. In the wake of …

Bacteria created a GMO 8,000 years ago that we still eat

Bacteria modified the genes of plants on their own long before humans figured out how to do it, and we're still enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of their work today.<p>It turns out that the sweet potato, the beloved orange root vegetable frequently eaten on Thanksgiving, has been harboring DNA …

Inequality is killing American women

<b>(Gajus via Shutterstock)</b><p>Research reveals women living in the lowest-income areas in the U.S. are twice as likely to suffer maternal death<p>Andrea Flynn<p>January 16, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>Imagine that each year six U.S. passenger jets crashed, killing all passengers …

Parents investigated by CPS for letting their kids walk home alone

Maryland parents are under investigation by Children’s Protective Services (CPS) for allowing their 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to walk from a local park to their home through a suburban community.<p>Danielle and Alexander Meitiv told the <i>Washington Post</i> that they gave Rafi and Dorva …