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A new map: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new districts

Nonetheless, the new map has been delivered. You can read the full court order here.<p>As before, there are 18 congressional districts in the state — …

South Philadelphia

Court Decides Pennsylvania Voting Map

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that may be much more favorable to Democrats, replacing the one it overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month.<p>Since the previous map was adopted, Republicans have held a 13-5 advantage in …

Tom Wolf

Watch John Oliver Mercilessly Weaponize Trump’s Own Tactics Against Him in First Show of 2018

Last Week Tonight shakes up its familiar formula.<p>Mid-way through the first episode of <i>Last Week Tonight</i> since November, host <b>John Oliver</b> made a statement that served as something of a wake-up call to the cottage comedy industry that has sprung up around the Trump administration. While everyone from …

Donald Trump

Parkland school shooter honed skills on a team supported by the NRA

Classmates of the 19-year-old who used an assault rifle to kill 17 students at a Florida high school on Wednesday say Nikolas Cruz couldn’t stop talking about guns — an interest he was able to hone in part directly thanks to the National Rifle Association.<p>The NRA Foundation, the gun lobby’s …

Guns

Muralist eL Seed with Community Members | (DIS)PLACED: Expressions of Identity in Transition

Streetwear

Graham: Trump discourse is 'embarrassing'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is standing by his recollection of the meeting in which President Trump disparaged the entire African continent, as well as Haiti and El Salvador, calling the current political discourse "embarrassing."

CNN

Sharing the City: 5 Takes on How We Should Create and Use Public Space

On December 1st 2017, reSITE invited a handful of intellectuals to Berlin for the My City / Your City salon held in partnership with Airbnb, spending …

The Free Thought Project — Your online news and discussion platform

For exercising their first amendment right to abstain from the pledge of allegiance, a child was allegedly attacked by a teacher who has since been …

Libertarian Party

Let's Not Forget the Apathy That Made Trump's Presidency Possible

Some people argued there wasn't much difference between Trump and Clinton. This year showed they were very, very wrong.<p>Susan Sarandon is about to get a large tax cut for her role in saving the US from a Hillary Clinton presidency; so is Colin Kaepernick. That’s 2017 in a nutshell: The country is …

Colin Kaepernick

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage.<p>The plug-in, "Open Mind ," was developed earlier this …

Donald Trump accidentally admits Republican tax bill was deceptively sold as boost to middle classes

President Donald Trump was so excited about passing his first major piece of legislation on Wednesday that he blurted out that the Republican Party …

A Close Look at the Gehl Institute's Free Toolkit for City Planning

<i>This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Gehl Institute’s Toolkit for the Creation of Great Urban Spaces."</i><p>Jane Jacobs was …

Leaked memo schooled Tillerson on human rights

A tutorial from policy aide Brian Hook followed the secretary of state's controversial remarks about balancing U.S. values and interests.<p>Three months into his tenure as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson alarmed veteran diplomats with remarks that sounded like a potential shift in American foreign …

Rex Tillerson

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.<p>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

Protect Public Lands

There is Broad Public Support for Protecting Federal Public Lands<p>Over 2.7 million public comments poured in during the Department of the Interior’s …

Andrew Sullivan: The Danger of Knowing You’re on the ‘Right Side of History’

I have to say I was deeply moved by the New York <i>Times</i> op-ed yesterday by an evangelical law professor from Alabama. The piece, by the wonderfully …

Juanita Broaddrick

The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left - VICE Video: Documentaries, Films, News Videos

Rights & Freedoms

These are the 25 members of Congress you should be following on Twitter

Some are sharp. Some are funny. None of them use #MAGA<p>President Donald Trump's presence on Twitter may have jaded some people from using the platform — too much vitriol and horse pucky for one social network. But put that in the barn for a while, because Twitter, as a whole, offers value to users, …

What are the origins of the alt-right? Hint: It’s not as new as you think

White supremacy is rooted in centuries of white civilization, not a deviation from established norms: Part 1 of 2<p>One way of conceptualizing so-called far right movements since the end of World War II has been to marginalize them sociologically, and view them as “cults.” British social scientist …

A Peek At The Design Method Snohetta Uses To Get Community Buy-In

The architecture firm’s “Concept Workshops” help stakeholders understand exactly what they want — and give them an important sense of ownership over designs.<p>In the last decade or so, the architecture firm Snohetta has come up fast, owing to its unique approach to community building. One of the …

Bjarke Ingels

A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals

Social scientists have long known how to turn liberals into conservatives in the lab — all they have to do is scare them.<p>"Research has shown that you can make liberals more conservative by threatening them and making them somewhat afraid," Yale psychology professor John Bargh writes in his new …

Psychology

Making history safe again: What Ken Burns gets wrong about Vietnam

Historian Christian Appy: Vietnam was not a “tragic misunderstanding” but a campaign of “imperial aggression”<p>Three questions came to mind when news arrived that "The Vietnam War," the latest documentary film from Ken Burns (co-directed with Lynn Novick), would air this autumn. One, would the …

The Vietnam War, a documentary

This weekend, at last, <i>The Vietnam War</i> will land on our rooftops, ready to transport us back a half century and more to a conflict “begun in good …

Vietnam War

When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City

In 1939, the German American Bund organized a rally of 20,000 Nazi supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City. When Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry stumbled upon footage of the event in historical archives, he was flabbergasted. Together with Field of Vision, he …

White Supremacism

Noam Chomsky Diagnoses the Trump Era

Noam Chomsky, David BarsamianThe president has abetted the collapse of a decaying system; Chomsky explains how.The post Noam Chomsky Diagnoses the …

Political Science

Undercover With the Alt-Right

Last September, Patrik Hermansson, a 25-year-old graduate student from Sweden, went undercover in the world of the extreme right. Posing as a student writing a thesis about the suppression of right-wing speech, he traveled from London to New York to Charlottesville, Va. — and into the heart of a …

Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013

The pageant and the president’s attempts to get close to Putin have become a focus of the investigation into Trump’s links to Russian interference in the US election<p>Sitting in a makeshift studio overlooking the Moscow river on a crisp day in November 2013, Donald Trump pouted, stared down the lens …

Craig Hodges: 'Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say'

He was one of the NBA’s finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight<p>“I’m sad to say that one of our players was shot on Monday,” Craig Hodges …

Tax cuts for the rich don't help the rest. Don't take my word for it, ask the IMF

IMF study finds that the type of tax cuts introduced last year are too weak to raise the welfare of most of the population and never pay for themselves<p>A new study by the IMF examining the impacts of tax cuts has found that while lowering tax rates for the rich will stimulate the economy, it does so …