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Tim Allen says being a non-liberal in Hollywood is like being in '30s Germany'

Hollywood has been accused of letting its old McCarthyism shame creep back into the 21st century: driving conservatives into hiding and professional exile, like it once blacklisted communists.<p>Granted, that analogy goes too far for some. But for others, not far enough.<p>"You gotta be real careful …

A major study finding that voter ID laws hurt minorities isn’t standing up well under scrutiny

A follow-up study suggests voter ID laws may not have a big effect on elections.<p>It was supposed to be <i>the</i> study that proved voter ID laws are not just discriminatory but can also have a big impact on elections. And it was picked up widely, with outlets including ThinkProgress and the Washington Post …

The Republican health plan fixes a problem Paul Ryan feels passionately about

It cuts marginal tax rates for low-income families — by giving them less health care.<p>One feature of the American Health Care Act — Paul Ryan’s proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act — is that, relative to Obamacare, it helps the poor less and the middle class more. A person whose annual …

Study: Hillary Clinton’s TV ads were almost entirely policy-free

Hillary Clinton’s campaign ran TV ads that had less to do with policy than any other presidential candidate in the past four presidential races, according to a new study published on Monday by the Wesleyan Media Project.<p>Clinton’s team spent a whopping $1 billion on the election in all — about twice …

Japan is getting a floating capsule hotel that brings guests to a desert island overnight

A spherical floating capsule hotel is coming to Japan that will bring guests on an overnight trip to a tropical island.<p>The unique experience is being planned by Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch village theme park in Sasebo city, Nagasaki Prefecture. The service will allow guests to sleep in the capsule …

Purple America Has All But Disappeared

Counties are increasingly super red or super blue, with less and less in between.<p>President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was among the …

Dow soars 300 points, closes above 21,000 for the first time

Wall Street gave President Trump's first speech to Congress a standing ovation.<p>The Dow soared 303 points to close above 21,000 for the first time ever on Wednesday. The milestone comes barely a month after the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time.<p>Trump's prime time address to Congress on Tuesday …

AT&T fires the latest shot in the war over unlimited data, here's what it means for you

AT&T's feeling the pressure from its other wireless competitors. And today, it's showing.<p>AT&T announced its new "unlimited" wireless plans on Monday. …

T-Mobile

The Five Biggest Hurdles for Republicans Replacing Obamacare

Several critical policy questions remain unanswered about the emerging GOP plan: How much will it cost? How will they pay for it? How many people will be covered? And what will happen to the parts of the current law that people like the most?<p>In the 25 years that John Boehner served in Congress, the …

Health Care

Florist Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Washington Supreme Court Rules

SEATTLE — A florist who refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding cannot claim religious belief as a defense under the state’s anti-discrimination laws, Washington’s high court said Thursday, in a case that has been watched around the nation by religious and civil rights groups.<p>The unanimous …

A Very Early Look At The Battle For The House In 2018

Donald Trump is unpopular enough that Republicans could lose the House, but there’s a lot of uncertainty.<p>Heading into the 2010 and 2014 midterm …

The Democrats’ 2020 Nightmare

The party can’t just count on Trump to flame out. And their problems only get worse from there.<p>It’s tough to go from dreams of controlling Congress and the White House to the reality of being less powerful than dudes who call themselves Deplorable Pepe. Despite rays of sun like the resignation of</b> …

Pack your bags ASAP because you can now fly to Spain for under $350 round-trip

Sometimes you really need to get away from everything. And if you haven’t planned a vacation yet, consider setting your sights on Spain.<p><i>The Airfare</i> …

Flying

There are now two distinct classes in Britain: Those who own property and those who are getting poorer

Britain has changed since 1998.<p>Back then, it only took workers about three years to save enough money for a down-payment on a house. Now it takes 20 years, on average, according to the Resolution Foundation, which published a landmark report on income, housing, and inequality in Britain last …

It would be incredibly difficult for California to pull off a 'Calexit' and secede from the US

The last time a state seceded from the US, it was the 1860s and a civil war broke out.<p>Still, history hasn't stopped a small group of Californians from pursuing a breakaway from the union in the wake of President Donald Trump's rise to office.<p>Since the election, the "Calexit" movement has grown from …

Sub-six-pound kayak brings Tinkertoys to mind

"I love being outdoors but kayaking has always seemed off-limits – I didn't have the money or the transportation equipment to own one," Morgan tells …

Portable

Republicans to kill U.S. rules on corruption, environment, labor and guns next week | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans are set to overturn a slew of Obama-era regulations next week, including a controversial anti-bribery rule aimed at U.S. resource companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) and Chevron Corp (CVX.N), according to a top lawmaker.<p>Gun enthusiasts look …

Is This The Most Romantic Restaurant In The World?

<i>This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure</i><p>There are few experiences more memorable (or romantic) than eating a delicious meal while …

Dining Rooms

Education Department report finds billions spent under Obama had 'no impact' on achievement

The Obama administration pumped more than $7 billion into an education program, first authorized under President George W. Bush, that had no impact on student achievement – according to a report released by the Department of Education in the final days of the 44th president’s term.<p>The Department of …

Never built New York: the city that might have been – in pictures

From an elevated 19th-century pneumatic railway to a skyscraper cathedral and a Native American alternative to the Statue of Liberty, Never Built New York chronicles ambitious plans for the city which never saw the light of day<p>Never Built New York, by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, is published by …

Native Americans

South America’s most underrated city?

It has more restaurants listed in the San Pellegrino World 50 list than any city outside of Tokyo – and that includes Paris, London, and New York.<p>With most tourists dashing through Lima on their way to see Peru’s famous Machu Picchu ruins, the country’s capital has long flown under the radar as a …

South America

Rick Perry wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy — now he is said to be Trump's pick to run it

Rick Perryholds the Department of Energy in such low regard that in a presidential primary debate five years ago, he famously couldn’t even remember it was on the list of federal agencies he wanted to eliminate.<p>Now President-elect<p>Donald Trumpappears to be on the verge of picking the former Texas …

Former German prisoner of war donates estate to 'kind' Scottish village

A former Nazi prisoner of war has left his entire life savings to a small Scottish village where he was held captive. Wanting to thank the Scots for …

How to Buy an Engagement Ring

By<p>Updated Nov. 22, 2016 2:40 p.m. ET<p>Here’s a creative way to thwart family tension this holiday season: Announce you’ve become engaged. Talk can then …

Venezuela's crisis brings economic boom but social tensions to Brazil border town

At first sight, the small Amazonian border community of Pacaraima appears to be doing well amid the humanitarian crisis afflicting Venezuela, transforming itself into a giant grain warehouse, and supplying food – at considerable profit – to a country that cannot feed itself.<p>Boutique Charmoso has …

Venezuela

Trump vaults to lead in major poll just one week from Election Day

An ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll put Trump about 1 point ahead of Clinton. It was the first time since May that he edged out the former secretary of state in an ABC/Washington Post poll.<p>In a four-way race that included Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill …

21 Genius Hacks for Fixing Ruined Clothes

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, easy tricks for salvaging those damaged goods you just can't seem to part with.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Stop your sweaters from shedding by sticking them in the freezer overnight.</b><p>If you have a cashmere or wool sweater that won't stop shedding, toss it in the freezer before each …

Hacking

India's Recent Election Gives It The Best Chance Of Prosperity Ever

India's GDP per head was the same as China's three decades ago. It is now less than a quarter of the size. Despite a couple of bouts of reform and spurts of growth, India's economy has never achieved the momentum that has dragged much of East Asia out of poverty. The human cost, in terms of …

This Map Shows The Scope Of Boko Haram's Reign Of Terror In Nigeria

Anti-Western jihadist group Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigeria for about a decade, killing thousands of people and jeopardizing Africa's largest oil industry.<p>The group, whose name means "Western education is sinful," targets schools, mosques, churches, villages, agricultural centers, and …