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Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?

How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience.<p>At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another …

Cold War

CIA Reportedly Confident Russia Interfered With Election To Help Trump Win

<i>The Washington Post</i> has reported that the CIA says Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win. NPR's Scott Simon talks to <i>Washington Post</i> reporter Adam Entous.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>There is a report that a secret CIA assessment found that Russia intervened in the U.S. …

Donald Trump

Commentator: Don't Stop Arguing, Complaining And Fighting For 'Identity Politics'

In a recent essay in the <i>New York Times,</i> Columbia professor and historian Mark Lilla issued a warning to liberals left stunned by President-elect Donald Trump's victory: Knock it off with the "identity politics" or be doomed to repeat this failure.<p>"American liberalism," he wrote, "has slipped into a …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump received the most votes of any Republican presidential candidate ever

Trump received more votes than the party's previous two leading vote-receiving nominees, George W. Bush in 2004 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Bush received more than 62 million votes, while Romney won more than 60.9 million votes.<p>This year's result can be partially attributed to a growing …

Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.<p>So, yes, fake news is a big problem.<p>These stories …

Journalism

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

What the Alt-Right Really Means

Not even those most depressed about Donald J. Trump’s election and what it might portend could have envisioned the scene that took place just before Thanksgiving in a meeting room a few blocks from the White House. The white nationalist Richard B. Spencer was rallying about 200 kindred spirits.<p>“We …

Rights & Freedoms

The 'latte libel' is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative.<p>Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the story shaped by conservatives in the United States over the past couple …

Environmentalism

It’s only wrong when YOU do it! The psychology of hypocrisy

In these times of political turmoil, aggressive online discourse, “post-truth” society and lord knows what else, one thing is hard to deny: there’s a lot of hypocrisy flying around. People regularly and angrily lambast others for doing something, while doing pretty much the exact same thing …

Critical Thinking

What We Are Teaching Our Children In The Election's Aftermath

My mother loved to teach. She taught sixth grade reading for many years, but she was my teacher for as long as she lived. She taught me many things but her best lessons were the ones she lived every single day. I suspect that my children would say the same thing about me. We can tell our children …

We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men

For several years now, I’ve had a dark and fairly unusual hobby. When I’m alone and bored and the mood strikes me, I’ll open up my laptop and head for a particularly unsavoury corner of the internet.<p>No, not the bit you’re thinking of. Somewhere far worse. That loose network of blogs, forums, …

Feminism

About 100 million people couldn’t be bothered to vote this year

Roughly 43 percent of eligible voters didn't bother filling out a ballot this year, according to turnout estimates from the U.S. Elections Project. To look at it another way, the people who could have voted but chose not to vastly outnumbered those who cast a vote for Clinton, Trump or a …

Government

The magnetic pull of Trump, King Narcissist

President Trump? I think of him as the Narcissist King of White America. People more expert than me have suggested that Trump shows all the signs of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD): a grandiose sense of self-importance; a sense of entitlement; interpersonally exploitative; often envious of …

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Post-election spate of hate crimes worse than post-9/11, experts say

What may seem like a dramatic rise in the number of hate harassment and hate incidents happening across the country in the wake of Tuesday's general election is not in anyone's imagination, experts say.<p>There indeed has been a spike in the number of reports of such incidents, say representatives for …

CAIR

'Crooked Hillary' no more: Trump calls Clinton a 'very strong and very smart' woman

Trump immortalized the "Crooked Hillary" moniker he used to describe his Democratic opponent over more than a year of campaigning. He now says Clinton is a "very strong and very smart" woman.<p>Trump made the comments during an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," set to air Sunday. He talked about the …

Donald Trump

Latinos Say Kids Are Already Being Bullied At School In The Two Days Since Trump Won

Parents, teachers, and activists are sharing stories of Hispanic students being bullied or attacked in the short time since Trump's win.<p>PHOENIX — Silvia Salguero wasn’t surprised when her 13-year-old son told her that a day after Donald Trump won the election, another student shook his hand and …

Immigration

Hillary Clinton seen hiking day after conceding US election

An upstate New York woman, hoping to take her mind off of the US election results with a hike through the woods of Westchester County, bumped into another woman with a presumably similar notion: Hillary Clinton.<p>Margot Gerster of White Plains wrote on Facebook that after “feeling so heartbroken …

Government

From Cairo To Manila, Hard-Line Leaders Welcome Trump's Victory

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he was the first foreign head of state to pick up the phone to congratulate U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. But Sissi isn't the only hard-line leader vying to be Trump's best foreign friend.<p>In the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, leaders …

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Schoolyard taunts and deportation fears haunt U.S. minorities after Trump victory | Reuters

(Reuters) - The morning after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States on a campaign to deport illegal immigrants and limit Muslim refugees, New Jersey mom Yasmeen Shehab awoke to the sound of crying.<p>Republican U.S. president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in …

Immigration

Where Hillary Clinton stands on foreign policy

Some of the most daunting tasks facing the next president come in the realm of foreign policy.<p>The next president will have to negotiate with a rising China, a newly resurgent Russia, a defiant North Korea, and a drawn out civil war in Syria, among other issues.<p>We looked into where Hillary Clinton …

No, you can't vote by text message

<b>(CNN) —</b> No, you cannot vote in the US presidential election by text message.<p>Period. Voting by text, even for state and local races, is not a real thing.<p>But that hasn't stopped fake ads, encouraging Hillary Clinton supporters to "Save time. Avoid the lines. Vote from home," from making the rounds on …

Social Media

FBI clears Clinton -- again

<b>(CNN) —</b> FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.<p>"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey wrote in the new letter to …

Government

The Original ‘Nasty Woman’

For centuries, Medusa has been used to criticize powerful women. So it’s no surprise the mythological Gorgon has re-emerged this election cycle.<p>As a professor of English, I teach a humanities course on female icons in pop culture, and one of the first examples my students learn about is Medusa. A …

Clinton directed her maid to print out classified materials

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government emails and documents — including ones containing classified information — from her house in Washington, D.C., e-mails and FBI memos show. But the housekeeper lacked the security clearance to handle …

How Does The Electoral College Work, And Is It Fair?

Here's a little information that Americans have usually been able to ignore.<p>It's about the Electoral College, a uniquely American institution that's been with us from the beginning and that's occasionally given us fits.<p>Typically, the Electoral College meets and does its thing a month or so after …

Government

Reality Check: Trump's wild misrepresentation of Obama's response to a protester

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> To hear Donald Trump describe it, President Barack Obama was "really screaming" at a pro-Trump protester whose appearance at a Hillary Clinton rally momentarily interrupted the President's remarks.<p>"You have to go back and look and study and see what happened," Trump told …

Donald Trump

Election Update: The Campaign Is Almost Over, And Here’s Where We Stand

<i>Want these election updates emailed to you right when they’re published? Sign up</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>We’ll take this opportunity to pause for breath — there have …

Obama was asked how he would handle handing off the Oval Office to a President Trump

In a Friday night interview on MSNBC, Rev. Al Sharpton, an MSNBC host, asked Obama to picture standing in front of a newly elected Trump on inauguration day.<p>"Can you imagine how you would feel standing on the steps of the Capitol having to hand over the power and watch him put his hand on that …