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In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Delhi gang rape verdict: By invoking ‘collective conscience’, the Supreme Court sidestepped justice

This rhetoric is antithetical to the apex court’s restrictive death penalty regime, yet it continues to guide judgements.<p>On May 5, a packed courtroom …

Jeff Sessions’s ‘Tough on Crime’ Plans Won’t Deliver Justice

The memo sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to all 94 U.S. attorneys in this country announced his plans to get tougher on crime.<p>The new policy …

The forgotten origins of the modern gay rights movement in WWI

One of the World War I’s most enduring legacies is largely forgotten: It sparked the modern gay rights movement.<p>Gay soldiers who survived the …

The far left and far right converge on transgender rights in Canada

It's almost a cliché, but nonetheless true: sometimes the left and the right, when they go far enough down their respective rabbit holes, wind up …

Eurovision and LGBT rights: 'Homophobia in Ukraine runs deep'

Anti-LGBT discrimination is rife in the country hosting this year's contest.<p>Loud and proud, Eurovision has always been a celebration of LGBT culture. …

Trump: ‘In America We Do Not Worship Government, We Worship God’

After a week of chaos in Washington, the president finally found a friendly crowd at Liberty University.<p>Donald Trump made a return visit to Liberty University on Saturday, speaking at the 44th commencement of the Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia. Before a crowd of hopeful graduates, …

Trump meltdown sets off GOP alarms over 2018 midterm

A three-day party gathering highlights senior Republican officials grappling with a profoundly unstable White House.<p>CORONADO, Calif. — With the White House in meltdown mode, top Republican Party officials and operatives gathered at a posh oceanside resort here and contemplated a 2018 midterm …

Trump's inner circle is getting smaller

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Michael Cohen

Trump stokes fears of how he'd handle real crisis

After chaotic, self-inflicted week many fear chaos Trump can't control.<p>So, what if there’s a real crisis?<p>A real war — not a war with the media, or James Comey. A real showdown — not a political showdown. A real surprise that’s out of the White House’s control — not a situation of President Donald …

Donald Trump

Atheist group claims Facebook keeps deleting its page

An atheist Facebook page with more than 1.6 million fans is being repeatedly deleted by the social network, claims the group behind it. Atheist …

Social media ban in Kashmir affects citizens’ fundamental rights, says UN report

Two experts said the restrictions ‘have the character of collective punishment’ and ‘limit freedom of expression’.<p>The United Nations Human Rights …

Liberal writer: Gun owners killing in self-defense deprives attackers’ rights to fair trial

A writer for the Huffington Post noted in a recent piece — “A Revision on the Bill of Rights, Part III” — that the Second Amendment certainly gives Americans the right to “carry and have a stockpile of guns.”<p>But Justin Curmi seems to have a bit of an issue with the right to “self-defend with a …

Conway: Trump expects people in his administration to 'be loyal to the administration'

Defending the sudden firing of FBI director James Comey, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday that President Donald Trump “expects people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration.”<p>Conway, in an interview with Fox News, …

Donald Trump

Conway: It's 'inappropriate' to question Trump's firing decisions

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday that it is “inappropriate” for the media to question the timing of President Donald Trump’s hiring and firing decisions in the executive branch.<p>In a contentious interview Wednesday morning on CNN’s “New Day,” Conway chafed at a question …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Ruins Paul Ryan’s Big Tax Policy Day

The House speaker hoped for a momentum-building talk about taxes with carefully choreographed photo ops and folksy fishing banter. Instead, he dodged questions about James Comey’s firing with protesters outside.<p>NEW ALBANY, Ohio — Paul Ryan came to Ohio to talk about taxes.<p>First, he toured a …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Tries to Explain Economics to The Economist. Hilarity Ensues.

Donald Trump has now spent enough time listening to Republican economic advisers that he can give an interview to <i>The Economist</i> in which he attempts …

Donald Trump

The Senate’s Trump/Russia investigation is getting serious

They’re breaking out the subpoenas — and starting with Mike Flynn<p>While President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday has brought the FBI’s investigation of potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government back into the spotlight, it’s worth …

President Trump Attacks 'Lunatic,' 'No-Talent,' 'Dumbest Person' in TV

President Donald Trump says he thinks CNN’s Chris Cuomo looks like a “chained lunatic” on television. CNN’s Don Lemon is “perhaps the dumbest person …

The Complicated Politics of Impeachment Are Coming Into Play in Trump’s D.C.

The timing and manner of Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey raise an inevitable suspicion — not proof, but a suspicion — of …

Donald Trump

FBI refuses to disclose documents on Trump’s call to Russia to hack Clinton

FBI decision to withhold records suggests Trump’s provocative election-year comments are being seen as relevant to its own ongoing investigation<p>The US justice department is refusing to disclose FBI documents relating to Donald Trump’s highly contentious election year call on Russia to hack Hillary …

Donald Trump

Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey

Every time FBI Director James B. Comey appeared in public, an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia.<p>Trump had long questioned Comey’s loyalty and judgment, and was infuriated by what he viewed as the …

Donald Trump

Why We Should Decriminalize Prostitution

New York City is considering decriminalizing prostitution—and it’s a long time coming.<p>Prostitution is not necessarily something you want to bring up …

The U.S. tried to change other countries’ governments 72 times during the Cold War

The CIA has concluded with “high confidence” that Russia intervened covertly during the presidential election to promote Donald Trump’s candidacy. They based this assessment on the discovery that Russian security agencies had hacked the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National …

Russia

OK, NOW Is It Watergate?

A realtime chronicler of Nixon’s downfall assesses Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.<p>President Donald Trump’s astonishing firing of FBI director James Comey on Tuesday afternoon raised throughout Washington the inevitable question: Is this Watergate? While Watergate was <i>sui generis</i> and is …

Donald Trump

California Gets Ready To Defy Trump's Washington

With Donald Trump set to become president next month and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, California's Democrats believe their state should take the lead in opposing the new administration's priorities.<p>And they have no interest in calls for national unity.<p>"We must be defiant …

Trump Administration

Here’s how Trump’s election will affect U.S.-Russian relations

Over the course of the recent U.S. presidential campaign, Donald Trump broke new ground — especially for a Republican candidate — with his consistent praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Trump now headed to the White House, I reached out to a number of Russian politics experts for their …

Russia

Trump security undercuts Secret Service

As Donald Trump crisscrossed the nation on his presidential campaign, he traveled with an official Secret Service detail — in keeping with a law …