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Alyssa Milano: I was sexually assaulted as a teen. Here’s why I didn’t report.

It took me 30 years to tell anyone. And I’m far from alone.<p>The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s hate. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career.<p>When I was sexually assaulted, I wasn’t that much older than Christine Blasey Ford …

Brett Kavanaugh

Colin Kaepernick to Receive Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

And Harvard University has announced it will honor former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the university’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, which is …

Harvard

South Carolina congressman jokes about Kavanaugh sexual assault controversy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Ralph Norman opened up a debate between himself and Democratic challenger Archie Parnell on Thursday afternoon by making a joke about the sexual assault allegations surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.<p>"Did y'all hear this latest late-breaking news from the …

South Carolina

500 Women and Teenagers to Be Bailed Out From Rikers by Human Rights Group

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign to dismantle a bail system that activists say discriminates against minorities and the poor.<p>The effort is being spearheaded by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, which plans to raise at …

Human Rights

We are going to #VoteThemOut. Every. Last. One. Content Warning: Extreme ignorance from elected officials about sexual assault, abortion, and female anatomy.

The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up

What happens when you give an octopus MDMA? It sounds like a question that might flit through the meandering mind of someone who had been dabbling in psychedelics. But now the matter has become the focus of an unlikely-sounding scientific experiment to uncover the ancient origins of social …

Ecstasy (Drug)

Today's daily cartoon by Jason Chatfield and Scott Dooley.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

<b>One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year</b><p><b>Winner of the James Beard Award</b><p><b>Author of How to Change Your Mind and the #1 New</b> …

Water, the American President Explained, Is Wet

"This is a tough hurricane, one of the wettest we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water."<p>Obviously, there are more pressing issues. For instance, the White House can ask the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh before next week's Senate hearing—as …

Donald Trump

Supposedly Educated Professor Has No Idea How To Get Bird Out Of Lecture Hall

Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom

The main challenge liberalism faces today comes not from fascism or communism but from the laboratories<p>If governments succeed in hacking the human animal, the easiest people to manipulate will be those who believe in free will<p>If we understood that our desires are not the outcome of free choice, we …

Self-Censorship

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TEDx

Trump slashed refugee levels this year. For 2019, he’s slashing them even further.

After failing badly to meet a target of 45,000 refugees for 2018, the Trump administration is letting in no more than 30,000 next year.<p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the United States plans to bring no more than 30,000 refugees to live in the US in fiscal year 2019, which …

U.S. Politics

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos create $2 billion fund to fight homelessness

Jeff Bezos has revealed how he plans to donate part of his fortune.<p>The Amazon CEO and his wife, MacKenzie, will commit $2 billion to fund existing nonprofits that help homeless families and to create a network of preschools in low-income communities. They call their project the "Bezos Day One Fund."<p>…

Jeff Bezos

California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault

By Emma Brown<p>Emma Brown<p>Investigative reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school …

Brett Kavanaugh

Trump asked to have Braille removed from elevators in early 1980s, executive says

President Trump in the early 1980s asked an architect to remove Braille from planned residential elevators in Trump Tower in New York, saying blind people would not live there, according to a former longtime executive with the Trump Organization.<p>Barbara Res, a former vice president in charge of …

Trump Tower

Do Conservatives Know Much About Conservative History?

Writing in <i>Politico</i> on Sunday, historian Geoffrey Kabaservice argued that liberals, and particularly liberal historians, have done conservatism a …

Political Science

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air

<i>Want climate news in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here for</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane …

Trump Administration

Walter Mischel, psychologist who created ‘marshmallow test,’ dies at 88

By Emily Langer<p>Emily Langer<p>Obituary writer<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The experiment was “simplicity itself,” its creator, psychologist Walter Mischel, would later recall. The principal ingredient was a cookie or a pretzel stick or — most intriguingly to the popular imagination — a marshmallow.<p>In what became …

Self Control

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures<p>There is nothing she would rather do than teach. But after supplementing her career with tutoring and proofreading, the university lecturer …

Kingdom of Heaven | A Kingdom of Conscience, or Nothing - Kant's Moral Philosophy

Philosophy

ICE says it needs a $1 billion funding boost to meet Trump’s aggressive deportation goals

By Maria Sacchetti<p>Maria Sacchetti<p>Reporter covering immigrant communities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement<p>Email Bio Follow<p>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is aggressively lobbying for an additional $1 billion to boost deportations to their highest levels yet under President Trump, …

Homeland Security

The NRA’s Catch-22 for Black Men Shot by Police

A National Rifle Association spokesperson says Botham Jean would still be alive if he’d had a firearm. But when African Americans legally bearing arms are shot by police, the organization’s media outlet doesn’t defend them.<p>The city of Dallas, Texas, has been rocked by news of an off-duty police …

African-American News

Narcisyphus

Trump falsely claims nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico 'did not die'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Nearly 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas.<p>"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had …

Puerto Rico

N.R.A. Show Puts Thomas the Tank Engine in White Hood to Criticize Diversity Move

Even by the standards of today’s political culture, it was a startling image: the talking trains from the children’s television show “Thomas & Friends,” wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods.<p>That was what viewers of the National Rifle Association’s online video channel saw as Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for …

NRA

Twitter User Explains Political Terms So Even The Biggest Idiot Can Understand Them

When it comes to politics and terminology, not everyone is up to date on the true definition of certain words and phrases. And, even after looking …

Libertarianism

North Carolina didn't like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it

When North Carolina got bad news about what its coast could look like thanks to climate change, it chose to ignore it.<p>In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39in over the next century by …

North Carolina

‘And now it’s the tallest’: Trump, in otherwise somber interview on 9/11, couldn’t help touting one of his buildings

“Donald Trump is on the line.”<p>It was the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, at WWOR’s station in Secaucus, N.J., and Rolland Smith, the lead anchor for the news outlet’s coverage of the day, was apologizing for the channel’s technical difficulties. The crushing pictures and videos of airplanes hurtling …

World Trade Center

$10 Million From FEMA Diverted to Pay for Immigration Detention Centers, Document Shows

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a budget document released by a Democratic senator late Tuesday night, diverting funds from the relief agency at the …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security