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The Pope Just Published One Of The Most Powerful Critiques Of Modern Capitalism That You Will Ever Read

Pope Francis is out with the first big, written text of his papacy. The full text can be found here (via Izabella Kaminska).<p>The section of the text that's getting the most attention is his powerful denouncement of our current financial system, the obsession with consumption, inequality, and the …

Disney's 'Frozen' Proves Failure Of PG Rating

With all of the outrage over Judi Dench’s <i>Philomena</i> scoring PG-13 despite a few “f-words” (because my screening was *packed* with 8- to 16-year-olds) and the “shocking” discovery that PG-13 rated films now contain more gun violence than R-rated ones, we have lost sight of a more egregious MPAA …

REPORT: MSNBC Has Fired Alec Baldwin

The move comes two weeks after Baldwin flipped out at a cameraman and videographer and allegedly called one of them a gay slur. The network had suspended his show, "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," for two weeks after the incident.<p>But Baldwin's exit also comes, in part, due to his unfriendliness toward …

Switzerland Prepares To Vote On An Incredibly Radical Plan To Fight Inequality

On Sunday afternoon we will find out if Switzerland will go ahead with one of the most radical plans to fight inequality ever: Limiting the monthly pay of top executives to that of their lowest paid employees' yearly salary.<p>Limiting compensation to 1:12 would be a historic change: Currently, a lot …

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How The 'Nuclear Option' Might Change Washington

Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster this week for all presidential appointments other than Supreme Court justices. The so-called nuclear option could prompt President Obama to make different picks for his top positions. NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins host Scott Simon to talk …

The Most Incredible Documents From JFK's Assasination

<b>I used a lot of documents</b> to report out my story about the flight from Dallas after JFK's assassination. The above photocopy of the typewritten oath taken by Johnson on Air Force One is just one of the more awe-inspiring ones. I have posted a few others below. My sincere thanks to the staff at the …

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Mary-Louise Parker: A Woman We Love

Helpful cooking tips, a thank-you note to men, and some wonderful photographs from the sexiest pie maker alive.<p><i>Dear Ms. Parker,</i><p>This time, we don't know what to say. That pie. The crust, so flaky. The fruit, so sweet. The little apron. Thank you very much.<p>It's been what, eight or nine years that …

This Man is Positive LBJ Hired a Man to Kill Kennedy. And He Knows That Man's Name.

He's in Dallas today, wearing a bullet-proof vest, asking you to hear him out<p><b>Roger Stone is a sneaky operative</b>, a man typically described as a "political hit man" and a master of the darkest arts of campaign politics. But in recent years, the man who famously tattooed Richard Nixon's face on his …

Duke accuser guilty of murder

DURHAM, N.C. -- The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death …

The 25 Highest-Paid Coaches In College Football

While that may not be a surprise, some of the other names among the 25 highest-paid coaches may raise some eyebrows. As college football revenue continues to skyrocket, salaries for coaches continue to go up even at schools that are not traditional powerhouses.<p>USAToday.com has compiled the annual …

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The US dollar's status has fallen – but not uniformly

Since 1976, the US dollar's role as an international currency has been slowly waning. International use of the dollar to hold foreign-exchange reserves, denominate financial transactions, invoice trade, and as a vehicle in currency markets is below its level during the heyday of the Bretton Woods …

Duke Energy Pleads Guilty Over Eagle Deaths At Wind Farms

In a settlement reached with the Department of Justice, Duke Energy Renewables pleaded guilty in the deaths of 14 golden eagles and 149 other migratory birds at two of its wind energy facilities in Wyoming.<p>The AP's Dina Cappiello, who has been reporting on the impact wind farms are having on birds, …

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The Best Unknown Strategies In Your 401(k)

One of the biggest and most legitimate complaints of 401(k) retirement plans is the lack of investment options available to you. It’s not uncommon for plans to offer only 19 funds* (from my viewpoint many of which do not provide true diversification) so how do you know how to pick the right funds …