Christopher Applegate

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A Point of View: Why embracing change is the key to happiness

<b>Human happiness may rely on our ability to conquer a natural fear of upsetting the status quo, says AL Kennedy.</b><p>Imagine three identical boxes. Two are empty and one contains your heart's desire, perhaps love, perhaps a nice cup of tea. A kind, if slightly perverse, person says you can pick one box …

Elections

The GOP's Entire Budget Strategy Collapsed Yesterday, And Almost No One Noticed

That was the result of a seemingly nonchalant debate over a bill to fund the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, which blew up in House Republicans' faces on Wednesday.<p>The THUD bill was, well, a thud, and it was pulled from the House floor amid the realization that it …

Republicans

The GOP's Totally Reactive Reaction to the War on Women

Here's why it would be better politics for Republicans to come up with their own framework.<p>Five different Republican committees this morning released a joint memo pushing back on the "Democrats' War on Women" messaging to highlight the sex scandals of a group of Democratic men and argue that …

Justice Scalia voices uncommon dissent in California prison ruling

WASHINGTON -- Not all the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were in agreement with the decision Friday that will force California to remove more than 9,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons by the end of the year.<p>Though the court's ideological differences are well known, it is unusual for the …

Durbin, Harkin Take On Immigration Critic In His Own District

Two top Senate Democrats took the fight for an immigration bill to the home district of one of the issue's toughest critics, Republican Rep. Steve King, on Friday.<p>Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) went to Ames, Iowa, to make hay out of King's remarks about the "Dreamers," those young …

Give Manning and Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize

<b>Bradley Manning (AP/Patrick Semansky)</b><p>If the Nobel committee had any guts, it would honor America’s leakers and deliver a smackdown to the security state<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>August 3, 2013 4:15pm (UTC)<p>In an op-ed for the Guardian earlier this summer, Máiread Corrigan Maguire, an Irish activist who won the …

It's Time To Discuss The Secret CIA Operation At The Heart Of The US Mission In Benghazi

There has been little attention given, however, to covert actions by the Central Intelligence Agency that were partially uncovered during the September 11, 2012 attack.<p>That may be changing.<p>CNN's Jake Tapper argued this week that we should give more scrutiny to the CIA's presence in the Libyan port …

U.S. State Department

All the pundits are wrong

Conventional wisdom says the GOP has a grip on the House, but can’t win the White House. Here’s why both are wrong<p>Jonathan Bernstein<p>August 3, 2013 10:30am (UTC)<p>There’s a new, two-part conventional wisdom going around: Democrats have a White House lock, while Republicans are sure to keep their …

Fox News Host Never Asked Baptist College Professor Why He Wrote Book About Islam

Lauren Green, the Fox host who prodded Reza Aslan, was less curious about the religion of a professor from a Southern Baptist-affiliated Kentucky university who wrote a book on Islam.<p>Last Friday, Fox News's online show <i>Spirited Debate</i> conducted an interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan, a …

Pope Francis’s Lessons for the GOP

The new pope hasn’t been afraid to challenge the entrenched interests that have sullied his church’s perception—just what the Republican Party needs. …

Conservatives don’t really want euro-style abortion laws

<b>Rick Perry (Reuters/Chris Keane)</b><p>The right is pushing for restrictions, but it’s not ready to provide the healthcare support that comes with them<p>Andrea Flynn<p>July 24, 2013 8:12pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>Earlier this month, Texas lawmakers witnessed and participated in …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

How Math Could Help Defuse Riots

Rioting behavior isn't so different from shopping behavior--an insight researchers want to use to keep riots at bay.<p>After riots tore across London in 2011, a team of researchers from University College London began using math to model what happened--and how to predict similar riots in the future. …

Meet Yuka, the 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth scientists want to clone

Japan took a break from its obsession with the future this week as a new exhibition sent visitors 39,000 years back into the past. That's the estimated age of Yuka, a mummified woolly mammoth that has just been placed on public display for the first time ever. The show runs until September.<p>Yuka was …

Curiosity rover finds evidence Mars lost its atmosphere 4bn years ago

A mysterious, catastrophic event tore away the atmosphere of Mars, according to the first detailed analysis of the make-up of the air on the Red …

Could You Afford To Be A Politician?

But as civic-minded people know, politics is a money game. Running for office, especially once you get to the state level, requires raising vast amounts of money. Beyond that, it also requires having green stuff of your own.<p>One may wonder why. After all, most politicians raise money from other …

City Politics

Paul and Cruz indulge the gay haters

<b>Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP/Jonathan Ernst/David J. Phillip)</b><p>The opening salvo of 2016 suggests the GOP will be locked in anti-gay hate spiral indefinitely<p>Alex Seitz-Wald<p>July 19, 2013 6:05pm (UTC)<p>The Iowa caucuses are more than two and half years away, but today serves as a …

U.S. Veteran To Congress: "When You Report A Rape You Become Public Enemy Number One"

"When you are raped it takes a piece of your soul."

“Blackfish” director: “Using animals for entertainment is the bottom of the ethical totem pole”

The director of the new SeaWorld exposé on how captivity harms orcas, and why it won’t end any time soon<p>Daniel D'Addario<p>July 19, 2013 5:07pm (UTC)<p>Even before "Blackfish" came out, it had already become a lightning rod.<p>The new documentary calls out SeaWorld for keeping killer whales penned up and …

Detroit is your problem, too

<b>(Reuters/Rebecca Cook)</b><p>If the Motor City defaults on its general obligation bonds, governments everywhere will pay the price. Here’s how<p>Edward McClelland<p>July 19, 2013 5:12pm (UTC)<p>In 1990, Israeli-American author Ze’ev Chafets published a book entitled "Devil’s Night and Other True Tales of Detroit," …

The rise of the religious left

<b>Sister Simone Campbell, left, and Sister Diane Donoghue, right, lead the way as the the "Nuns on the Bus" arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 2, 2012, after a nine-state tour to bring stories of hardship to Congress. Sister Simone Campbell is executive director of Network, a liberal</b> …

Here’s how Amazon self-destructs

<b>Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/SeanPavonePhoto via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>If Amazon puts bookstores out of business, it will destroy the main way readers learn about new books to buy<p>Evan Hughes<p>July 19, 2013 5:40pm (UTC)<p>By the time a federal judge ruled last week that Apple had …

Justice Stevens Would Like A Word

<b>As the House of Representatives</b> tries to pretend that its whistle-brained conservative majority cares enough about the Voting Rights Act to do anything except resist the temptation to dance on its grave, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens -- who, thank the Lord, is not taking retirement …

In Defense of ‘Only God Forgives,’ the Summer’s Weirdest Movie

“Gruesomely grotesque and pathologically pretentious, a diabolical horror called <i>Only God Forgives</i> may not be the worst movie ever made, but it is …

Earth’s Gold Forged in Stellar Collisions

<b>Until today, astronomers believed that all the gold on Earth, and in the universe, was forged in ancient supernova explosions. But new evidence points to a far more violent birth for this most precious metal.</b><p>The new culprit is the cataclysmic collision of two neutron stars. The impact produces a …

Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water