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The surprising history of abortion in the United States

<b>(CNN) —</b> There was a time when abortion was simply part of life in the United States. People didn't scream about it in protest, and services were marketed openly.<p>Drugs to induce abortions were a booming business. They were advertised in newspapers and could be bought from pharmacists, from …

Feminism

The Key To Sexual Intimacy That Most People Overlook

When I was younger, if I fell for someone and then found out they wanted to be with me, I felt that sense of elation that comes from being accepted …

Mindfulness

Why the GOP is trying to stop the Pentagon’s climate plan

In Washington, big agencies rarely get high marks for innovation and foresight. But when it comes to coping with climate change, the largest federal …

Donald Rumsfeld justifies voting for Trump with same “logic” he used to push for invasion of Iraq

Comparing your candidate of choice to a universally disparaged war may not be the best way to support him<p>Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld voiced support for his fellow Donald in the upcoming presidential election by unwittingly comparing the act of voting for him with what is widely …

“Pinklining”: How women of color are disproportionately hurt by Wall Street’s predatory practices

Report highlights how financial industry targets women of color, transferring their wealth & reinforcing inequality<p>A new report explains how women, and especially women of color, are disproportionately hurt by Wall Street.<p>"Pinklining: How Wall Street’s Predatory Products Pillage Women’s Wealth, …

The sit-in over gun control is a measure of how much the Democrats have changed.

On Wednesday, a group of Democrats took over the floor of the House of Representatives in protest of Republican stasis on new gun control proposals. …

ACLU Opposes Latest Effort To Bar Those On Terrorism Watch Lists From Buying Guns

"The ACLU strongly urges you to vote against the Collins Amendment because it uses the error-prone and unfair watchlist system, along with vague and overbroad terms, as a predicate for a proceeding to deny a firearms permit."<p>WASHINGTON — As Democrats on Capitol Hill staged a sit-in in the House …

Surveillance

Guns and the Big Business of Carnage

Who benefits from the endless cycles of sadness, anger, and partisanship that follow mass shootings in America? Just follow the money.<p>This is not an article about gun control. It's not another rehashing of the tired, conventional arguments over why America has the highest rates of gun violence in …

Guns and your government: Why 'No Fly, No Buy' means no freedom

The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive.<p>Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, …

The Top-Secret Cold War Plan to Keep Soviet Hands Off Middle Eastern Oil

Fearing a Russian invasion, the U.S. and Britain were prepared to ravage the region’s oil industry—and even considered going nuclear.<p>On a cool summer day in London in 1951, an American CIA officer told three British oil executives about a top-secret U.S. government plan. The goal was to ravage the …

National Security

Welcome to the First Presidential Election Since Voting Rights Act Gutted

America will vote for president in a country where it's easier to buy a gun than vote in many states<p>As a young civil rights activist, Congressman …

Government

97% global warming consensus paper surpasses half a million downloads

In 2013, a team of citizen science volunteers who collaborate on the climate myth debunking website SkepticalScience.com published a paper finding a 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming in peer-reviewed research. Over the past 3 years, that paper has been downloaded more than 500,000 …

Climate Change

What could actually work to fix gun violence in America – and what doesn't

Another shooting. Another set of grieving families. Confronted with America’s dramatic rates of gun violence, most people agree that something must be done. It’s agreeing on that “something” which can prove elusive. Is there anything that works to reduce gun deaths in a country in which civilian …

Guns

The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Abortion Ruling Is A Huge One, Especially For Minority Women

Over forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court established a woman’s fundamental right to an abortion. Since then, lawmakers, special interest groups, and confused presidential candidates have worked to reverse this right. The court’s landmark case, <i>Roe v. Wade</i> (1973), struck down a Texas law that …

America's gun problem is so much bigger than mass shootings

A disturbed man with an AR-15-style rifle walked through a popular historic site in 1996, shooting up the cafe and gift shop. He left 35 people dead and 19 seriously injured.

Mass Shootings

The Justice Department is fighting Obama over his plans to shut Guantanamo

Lynch, a former federal prosecutor whom Obama appointed to head the Justice Department two years ago, is opposing a White House-backed proposal that would allow Guantanamo Bay prisoners to plead guilty to terrorism charges in federal court by videoconference, the officials said.<p>Over the past three …

The GOP’s House Majority Is Safe … Right?

Right now, most bettors foresee nine words that are the stuff of Republicans’ 2017 nightmares: “President Hillary Clinton and Senate Majority Leader …

The Supreme Court Just Shut Down Some Ridiculous Pro-Gun Arguments

Upholding Connecticut's assault weapons ban is progress, but there's still a long way to go.<p>WASHINGTON, D.C.—It was a big day for guns Monday on both sides of First Street, under the steadily melting trees and atop the steadily liquefying sidewalks. In the afternoon and evening, the U.S. Senate was …

Guns

The Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution

In 1803 a distinguished Virginia jurist named St. George Tucker published the first extended analysis and commentary on the recently adopted U.S. …

Rights & Freedoms

Congressional Black Caucus comes out forcefully against Bernie Sanders’ proposed “transformation” of Democratic primary process

The CBC is prepared to battle Sanders over superdelegates and opening primaries and caucues to independent voters<p>Nearly one week ago, Bernie Sanders stood in front of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. and demanded a "fundamental transformation of the Democratic …

The Slow Death of the Syria Cease-Fire Brings a Hybrid War With Russia Closer

BEIRUT -- Gradually, the mist of ambiguity and confusion hanging over Syria is lifting a little. The landscape is sharpening into focus. With this improved visibility, we can view a little more clearly the course of action being prepared by Iran, Russia and the Syrian government.<p>Russia is emerging …

John Oliver Explains Why the NRA Is So Powerful

They blocked basic gun research before Orlando. They'll do it after Orlando, too.<p>The beauty of John Oliver's once-a-week format is his writing staff has the time to really dig into nuanced angles of big stories. That's why it's always interesting to see how <i>Last Week Tonight</i> writers respond to …

Guns

The Supreme Court Just Ruled In Favor Of The Police State, And Sonia Sotomayor Is Not Having It

She lashed out at "lawless police conduct" that disproportionately targets black and brown Americans.<p>WASHINGTON -- In a powerful dissent to a Supreme Court ruling that took an expansive view of the limits the Constitution places on police misconduct, Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday seemed to …

Race & Ethnicity

Trump says U.S. should adopt Israel’s racial profiling model, after Huckabee applauds Israel’s anti-Muslim policies

Far-right Republican leaders hope to emulate Israel, where over 50 laws discriminate against Palestinian citizens<p>Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has called for the U.S. to adopt racial profiling policies.<p>“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as …

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faces a dilemma: Religion or politics?

The audacious decision of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement to separate politics and religion has raised the question of whether Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood would follow Ennahda’s course. Pundits think the current crisis of the Brotherhood might prompt its leaders to consider taking a similar move and …

Religion

'It's not quite that simple': CNN host grills Cory Booker on Second Amendment concerns on gun bill

Appearing on "Legal View," the New Jersey senator was asked to respond to criticism from his Republican colleagues who fear that "no fly, no buy" legislation could wrongly strip some Americans of their Second Amendment rights.<p>Democrats have renewed calls for such a law in the wake of the Orlando …

On Being Anti-Gun in Gun-Loving America

The debate on guns in America is being stymied by bullying, threats, hate and abuse<p>On Monday, I wrote an article for <i>Rolling Stone</i> advocating for the …

Guns

The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory

The report alleges torture, excessive use of force, coerced evidence, settler violence, house demolition and more<p>Just recently, Israel was elected to chair one of the United Nations’ permanent committees — the Sixth Committee, called the “Legal Committee.” It oversees issues related to …