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Former Facebook Executive Antonio Garcia Martinez Predicts Collapse Of Civilization Within 30 Years

Antonio Garcia Martinez is a Silicon Valley insider who believes that civilization as we know it will probably collapse within the next 30 years and …

Silicon Valley

Why the alt-right loves single-payer health care

When Mike Cernovich, one of the most prominent alt-right internet trolls supporting Donald Trump, was interviewed on <i>60 Minutes</i>, he used the platform to spread conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health and to allege that she is involved with pedophilic sex trafficking operations. But he …

Trump delivers somber SCOTUS nomination and even liberal media offer reluctant praise

It wasn’t flashy or sensational. Instead, President Donald Trump delivered a somber and solemn Supreme Court nomination is less time than it takes to drive a few blocks in D.C. during rush hour. And most of the media ate it up. EvenUS Weekly was paying attention.<p>Damon Linker, senior correspondent …

Donald Trump

China steps up as global leader while the U.S. steps away

As the Trump administration is disinclined to play a worldwide role, Beijing accepts opportunities to lead<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping’s appearance at last week’s World Economic Forum shows global leadership is shifting, not drifting, toward Beijing. The most vigorous defense of globalization and …

China

Watson should have run for US president: How smart algorithms are better than dumb politicians

The best candidate for the office of president of the United States wasn’t on the ballot last November. It was Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing engine. Watson would be a president of intelligence and integrity, temperament and dedication, working round the clock to devise solutions to our toughest …

Political Science

The Trump story media dare not utter: They sacrificed democracy for ratings

Democracy can’t survive when media have a sole commitment to profit with little consideration for the public good<p>The media are engaged in an orgy of navel-gazing about the Donald Trump presidency, but they're totally, utterly, absolutely, no-way-in-hell willing to gaze at their own navel.<br>Did …

Ronald Reagan

Trump Nominees Financed Senators Deciding Their Fate

Five of Donald Trump’s nominees collectively donated $106,000 to senators on committees conducting their confirmation hearings<p>President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees include several who have financially backed the same people now charged with determining if they are qualified for their new …

Donald Trump

Trump Tells Congress to Repeal and Replace Health Care Law ‘Very Quickly’

President-elect Donald J. Trump demanded on Tuesday that Congress immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass another health law quickly. His remarks put Republicans in the nearly impossible position of having only weeks to replace a health law that took nearly two years to pass.<p>“We have to …

Health Care

Michael Moore Announces '100 Days of Resistance' to Trump and the Plans Sure Are a Doozy

While appearing on MSNBC's “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell,” filmmaker Michael Moore addressed the “100 Days of Resistance” plan, beginning …

Donald Trump

Democrats seek to delay DeVos hearing

Government ethics officials should finish reviewing her finances first, they say.<p>Democrats are pushing to delay Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing next Wednesday because the billionaire philanthropist’s finances haven’t yet been cleared by ethics officials, nor has she signed an agreement addressing …

Donald Trump

Energy executives, secretive nonprofit raise money to back Pruitt

New group warns that EPA nominee's confirmation 'is not a certainty' and millions of dollars are needed for the fight.<p>Energy companies and their executives have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into political action committees run by or supporting President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to …

Government

Newly Emboldened GOP Legislatures Waste No Time With Conservative Agenda

As Donald Trump won the White House in November, Republicans also gained power in state legislatures and won governorships, giving GOP state …

New Hampshire

Tucker Carlson delivers sexism for Fox News

Last Friday afternoon, Lauren Duca, a writer for Teen Vogue, joked about her upcoming appearance on the Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”<p>After a prolonged segment in which Carlson sought out petty disagreements with Duca; belittled her for her role in Teen Vogue; and condescended to her …

Ivanka Trump

Nazis vs. Trumpkins: The Prom Tearing Apart the Alt-Right

In advance of a celebratory ball to praise the arrival of the new president, the Trump faithful are beginning to expel their own. Especially the ones …

Elite donors push Democrats left on climate and immigration, but right on taxes

Bernie Sanders has identified the cancer he thinks is coursing through the Democratic Party’s bloodstream. In speech after speech, the Vermont senator has gone after the party’s donor class — and its hold on politicians — as thecentral impediment to both a more populist Democratic Party and its …

Vox’s Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest, Explained

<i>It’s “simply more fun” and will give you “extra cool points,” Vox (12/14/16) declares of the latest gadget from its corporate cousin.</i><b>Vox Media</b> has …

Media Industry

Bill O’Reilly rose to the defense of white privilege in America’s presidential voting process

At the core of the debate about the role of the electoral college is whose needs should be at the center of American politics. In an unexpected monologue Tuesday night, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly made that point clearly, although probably not in the way he intended.<p>One moment from O'Reilly's …

Race & Ethnicity

9 million American men in prime working age can’t find jobs. I’m one of them.

It’s not something most people in my life know about. My friends, acquaintances, the parents of kids on my son’s soccer team that I coach — none of them know.<p>I have a whole spiel worked out when the question comes up. I say that I’m thinking of changing jobs, or I mention that I’ve been spending my …

Employment

This Small Town Is Helping Undocumented Immigrants, but Don't Call It a 'Sanctuary City'

Though local officials in red states avoid the word "sanctuary," many towns have decided that it makes more sense to work with undocumented residents than it does to deport them.<p>Storm Lake, Iowa, isn't a "sanctuary city." Not if you ask Police Chief Mark Prosser, anyway. He says the term doesn't …

Immigration

Unarmed 73-Year-Old California Man Killed by Police Was Shot 5 Times: Autopsy

Five bullets struck a 73-year-old California man, killing him, during a fatal encounter with police earlier this week, authorities said.<p>Francisco …

Crime

The Conservative Plan to Tackle Poverty

House Speaker Paul Ryan says that improving the lives of low-income Americans is a top priority. To do that, the GOP plans to help businesses first.<p>While fighting poverty hasn’t historically been a major focus of the Republican Party platform, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that it will be one of …

Harvard

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof found guilty of federal hate crimes in South Carolina massacre

The jury of nine white people and three black people deliberated for less than two hours before returning a verdict. They convicted the 22-year-old white man on charges of hate crimes, obstruction of religion, and using a weapon to murder.<p>The same jury will reconvene next month to decide whether …

South Carolina

DIMON: If you put 'some of my liberal democratic friends' in charge of Singapore, 'it would still be a backwater'

The Wall Street executive, who was recently said to be under consideration for Treasury secretary, advocated for the kind of heavy-handed leadership and public policy that country has seen in recent decades while speaking with Bloomberg Businessweek in Detroit Thursday.<p>Dimon was answering a …

Human Rights

Jeffrey Sachs: Economics is “horrendously misguided” and obsessed with “completely unimportant things”

The economics profession has lost its moral groundings, according to one of its most outspoken practitioners. As a result, economists are failing to provide a basic service: helping people.<p>According to Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, the problem started centuries ago. Back then, economics …

Economics

These maps show how Americans are dying younger. It’s not just the opioid epidemic.

For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Americans are dying earlier — and mortality rates have increased for a number of causes of death, including opioid overdoses.<p>But we’ve seen very little explanation on precisely where in the country this …

North Dakota