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Trump will have wider spying powers than anything J. Edgar Hoover ever imagined

President-elect Donald Trump is about to inherit the most powerful surveillance apparatus in history. Combining unprecedented technological capabilities with a lax legal regime, his spying powers dwarf anything the notorious FBI director J. Edgar Hoover could have fathomed.<p>Many privacy and civil …

Surveillance

The Victory of ‘No’

The GOP’s unprecedented anti-Obama obstructionism was a remarkable success. And then it handed the party to Donald Trump.<p>On January 29, 2009, the whittled-down and beaten-up Republican minority in the House of Representatives gathered for a strange celebration of defeat.<p>The Democrats had just …

Tea Party

Public schools may not survive Trump's billionaire wrecking crew | Nikhil Goyal

His education secretary pick, Betsy DeVos, is a fierce supporter of private schools and the voucher movement. She could end education as we know it<p>Related: My dad's Reagan protests inspire me to stand up to Donald Trump | Steven W Thrasher<p>Donald Trump, a self-described billionaire, wants …

Donald Trump

‘Please, I am out of options’: inside the murky world of DIY abortions

As Donald Trump promises new restrictions on abortion, emails reveal the desperation of women who have no place to go to end unwanted pregnancies<p>Support our fearless, independent journalism with a contribution or by becoming a member<p>“Hello. I just found out that I am four weeks pregnant.<p>“I cannot …

Study: Uber and Lyft have ‘pattern of discrimination’ against black passengers

Waiting times for black Seattle passengers were 35% longer, and Boston drivers cancelled rides for black passengers more than twice as frequently, study found<p>A new academic study has found “a pattern of discrimination” against passengers with African American-sounding names by Uber and Lyft drivers.<p>…

'A practical solution to a horrific problem': When even Los Angeles needed havens for black drivers

In the middle of the 20th century there was probably no idea more romantic than that of the open road — a physical and psychological space that seemed to beckon everyone across America, from nuclear families on vacation to wandering Beats (a.k.a. Jack Kerouac and company).<p>But the road was more open …

African-American News

What 130 of the Worst Shootings Say About Guns in America

John R. Houser was dangerously mentally ill, too ill to carry a gun. Of that, there is little doubt.<p>Over 16 years, Mr. Houser, 59, had been charged with hiring a man to burn down a lawyer’s office and named in a domestic violence complaint. In 2008, after Mr. Houser threatened to kill his …

Trump’s history of corruption is mind-boggling. So why is Clinton supposedly the corrupt one?

The GOP presidential nominee is pressing his case ahead of Election Day.<p>The GOP presidential nominee is pressing his case ahead of Election Day.<p>In the heat of a presidential campaign, you’d think that a story about one party’s nominee giving a large contribution to a state attorney general who …

Donald Trump

Is It a Crime to Be Poor?

TULSA, Okla. — IN the 1830s, the civilized world began to close debtors’ prisons, recognizing them as barbaric and also silly: The one way to ensure that citizens cannot repay debts is to lock them up.<p>In the 21st century, the United States has reinstated a broad system of debtors’ prisons, in …

University of Washington

The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers

It's a rare and remarkable view into America's public schools and the challenges that continue some 60 years after <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i>:<p>The Civil Rights Data Collection survey.<p>Since 1968, the federal government has been sending it to the nation's schools to gauge educational access and …

Civil Rights

Dear America - Check Your Christian Privilege

A few months ago, when I was teaching Sociology of Religion at Rice University, the topic of Ted Cruz and Christian privilege came up in our classroom. In response to questions about his commitment to conservatism, Cruz stated: "I'm a Christian first, American second, conservative third and …

DC Metro Rape Highlights Why Women Are Always Aware of Rape

Earlier this week, a man was arrested in the rape of a woman on a Washington, DC metro train. That's Washington, DC, USA, not Washington, DC, "Somewhere-over-there-where-women-have-it-much-worse-so-shut-up." He is charged with brazenly assaulting her at knifepoint, on a moving train, at 10 a.m in …

Nearly A Dozen States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Policies

Texas, joined by a number of other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in response to its directive that public schools allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.<p>The plaintiffs include Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, …

10 things every politician who endorses Donald Trump should be forced to defend

They're betting, in the words of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, that "people just don't care" about Trump's treatment of women or his other flaws.<p>That's a nice way of saying that the party itself doesn't care, as long as Trump does well in the polls. But Trump's flaws aren't ordinary. He's a …

Donald Trump

Israel's First Transgender Officer: Army Wants Me to Succeed

TEL AVIV, Israel — The young Israeli lieutenant harbored a huge secret for years — she was he.<p>The moment of truth came when a group of cadets asked why the officer they knew as a female was wearing a man's uniform.<p>“I [came] to a conclusion that I cannot be an officer and a commander when I'm hiding …

Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?

It's a well-worn (if not-entirely-agreed-upon) idea that college makes people more liberal. But a new report adds a twist to this: the most educated Americans have grown increasingly liberal over the last couple of decades.<p>A report from the Pew Research Center finds a wide partisan gap between …

Oklahoma court: oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking

The ruling sparked outrage among critics who argue the judicial system engaged in victim-blaming and upholding outdated notions about rape and sexual assault<p>An Oklahoma court has stunned local prosecutors with a declaration that state law doesn’t criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely …

This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like

As the abortion wars rage here at home, El Salvador, the country with the strictest anti-abortion laws—where women are put in prison or risk death to avoid having a baby—shows how we might live in a world without reproductive rights.<p>On the morning of her arrest in 2008, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez …

This is Not About the Safety of Women and Girls

There has been an uproar over Target's decision to allow people to use the bathroom of their affirmed gender. In a time when "bathroom bills" are popping up all over the United States we're hearing the same concern raised over and over again. The concern being that bathroom bills put the safety of …

Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill papers over racism | Ijeoma Oluo

I get joy from knowing that people have to look at Harriet Tubman’s proud and defiant black face every time they reach in their wallet. But it’s not enough<p><i>Update, 4.30pm EDT: According to reports, Andrew Jackson will still appear on the back of the $20 bill, with Harriet Tubman on the front</i><p>Today …

What Are Kids Learning From This Presidential Election?

Third-grader Victor Reza was watching CNN in the living room in Houston with his family when Donald Trump was announced as the winner of the Florida Republican primary. Victor teared up, his older sister, Maria, said in a telephone interview.<p>"I don't want him to win," he announced. "If he wins, I'm …

Presidential candidates should face facts on Israel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Israelis are reeling from the terrorist bombing of Jerusalem bus that wounded at least 21 civilians. Earlier in the day, Israeli forces revealed they had found a tunnel leading from Gaza under our southern border, dug by Hamas terrorists, potentially placing huge numbers of Israelis in …

A ‘female-only Uber’ called Chariot is coming to Boston next week. But is it legal?

To some, “Pretty Woman” (1990) was just another Cinderella story — even if it put an unrealistic gloss on the sex trade and helped launch the career of Julia Roberts. But for Michael Pelletz, founder of a “female-only Uber” called Chariot for Women, the Richard Gere vehicle was nothing short of an …

9 iPhone cases that do more than just protect your phone

iPhone cases are a dime a dozen. Check any online marketplace, electronics store or kiosk at your local mall and you’ll be met with hundreds of options, all based on no more than a couple dozen designs. Options aside, originality is typically lacking.<p>Offering a unique iPhone case is rare these …

Ivy League colleges offer free tuition to certain students — here's how financial aid packages stack up

While comfort level and college prestige are quite subjective, financial aid packages are an objective measure that students can assess if they are having a difficult time picking their top choice.<p>Financial aid decisions are, of course, determined exclusively by each respective financial aid …

College & University

Rush Limbaugh Says First Lady Michelle Obama, Other Women Should Be Happy to Be Catcalled

Michelle Obama made a powerful speech about sexism and gender equality in Argentina Wednesday, in support of her Let Girls Learn initiative. On …

Democrats Evenly Split Over Clinton, Sanders in Bloomberg Poll

More than halfway through a nomination race that she entered as the clear favorite, Hillary Clinton finds herself deadlocked with Bernie Sanders …

Hillary Clinton

White men are under attack! or: When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

I would like to start out this article by apologising to all the straight white men who are reading, if there are even any of you left out there who …

Trump on the Middle East: Where does he really stand?

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday, Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump is scheduled to address the influential American Israeli Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington. Perhaps somewhat unusually for a Republican candidate in an election year, however, there is …

What Did You Expect? The Question That Women Are Sick Of Hearing

By the time I read about Marina Menegazzo and María José Coni, their bodies had already been found. They'd been missing for nearly a week and were discovered on Feb. 28, wrapped in plastic bags and dumped near a beach in Ecuador. One had her skull bashed in; the other had stab wounds and had bled …

Latin America