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Both Parties in Denial Over Resolving Urban Poverty

Back in the 1990s, Demo­crat Bill Clin­ton and Re­pub­lic­an Jack Kemp each offered his party a soph­ist­ic­ated, em­path­et­ic un­der­stand­ing of …

For this touching photo series, prisoners wrote letters of advice to their past selves.

Cameroon under 'anti-homosexuals apartheid'

Cameroon is suffering under an "anti-homosexuals apartheid," a lawyer who has spent a decade defending gays and lesbians in the West African nation, where same-sex relations are illegal, has said.<p>"When a country uses weapons, the police and all available legal and prison means against a section of …

Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings

Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme.<p>Furious opponents marched through …

Who Uses Food Stamps? Millions of Children

Tens of millions of American children are among the recipients of food stamps, according to a new report that casts light on who benefits from the program that has been the subject of heated political debate.<p>The annual report from the United States Department of Agriculture showed that about 45 …

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Paul Ryan’s worst nightmare: Here’s the real way to cut poverty in America

If you want to really reduce our nation’s poverty, there’s a simple way: Renounce libertarianism and start spending<p>Poverty is back in the news, for several reasons. The first is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 “War on Poverty” speech. In addition, Republican congressman and …

Robert Reich: “Paid-what-you’re-worth” is a toxic myth

The former secretary of labor explains how this line of thinking keeps minimum wages (and the American people) down<p>It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth …

GOP ready to quell food stamp revolt

Republican leaders are threatening to take congressional action to stop state governors from flouting the food stamp cuts contained in the 2014 farm bill.<p>The governors of at least six states — New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Montana and Oregon — have now taken measures to protect …

Sen. Claire McCaskill: An Evidence-Based Approach to Military Justice Reform

Unanimous agreement in the U.S. Senate is pretty rare — but even rarer than the 97-0 vote this week is the historic nature of the policy on which we …

Court Martial

More bad news for millennials: College is actually making inequality worse

It might surprise you, but higher education is actually widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots<p>In the middle decades of the twentieth century, the United States experienced a meteoric rise in the rate of people earning four-year college degrees, as it soared from 6 percent of 25- to …

Yet Another Suicide in the Financial Services Industry: Is There Something Going On?

A recent string of apparent suicides in the financial services industry this year has given birth to a flurry of conspiracy and other theories suggesting that the deaths are somehow connected.<p>And the passing of a Wall Street trader earlier this week seems to have given new life to these …

Why South Koreans are killing themselves in droves

Suicide represents the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death. Cultural mores offer an explanation why<p>Geoffrey Cain<p>March 15, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>SEOUL, South Korea — The headlines are regular and morbid: a shamed celebrity or politician takes her own …

Obama returns to push for more overtime pay amid concerns from GOP, businesses

President Obama on Saturday resumed his push to make millions more U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay, amid continued criticism that his efforts to close the country’s so-called “income gap” will hurt U.S. businesses.<p>“Our businesses have created 8.7 million new jobs over the past four years,” …

Paul Ryan to meet black U.S. lawmakers after 'offensive' remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Friday agreed to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus after members of the group …

What Arizona Can Tell Us About the Fault Lines in American Politics

PHOENIX — Ari­zona hasn’t pro­duced many com­pet­it­ive elec­tions lately, but it re­tains a knack for crys­tal­liz­ing the most volat­ile fault …

Fringe Factor: Liberal Professors Should Be Shot

University professors who teach women’s studies should be shot, Michele Bachmann is crusading against gay bullies, and George Zimmerman signs …

The ultimate guide to debunking right-wingers’ insane persecution fantasies

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane/A&E/Karolina Wojtasik/AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Conservatives love to pretend they’re being denied their religious liberty. Here’s how to prove them wrong<p>Robert Boston<p>March 16, 2014 10:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell …

There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged

The game is rigged: We elected Obama to hold the 1 percent accountable. So why are they still running everything?<p>The big news after President Obama’s State of the Union address in January was that he didn’t really talk about the issues of inequality that everyone expected him to talk about. …

Clinton Ally Knocks Claire McCaskill Over Sexual Assault Bill

"I'm disappointed Senator McCaskill decided to put politics over protecting the women and men of our armed forces," says Buell.<p>At a fundraiser for female senators and candidates on Friday, Susie Tompkins Buell paused to say a few words about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's military assault bill — and to …

Here are some of the best tweets mocking the “White Man March”

Twitter righteously and hilariously mocks a bunch of aggrieved white supremacists<p>While Saturday, March 15 was a normal weekend day, much like any other, for the vast majority of the world, for a select few defenders of white men and the white race in general, it was a day of political …

Hillary Deploys Iowa Army

Details on a pro-Clinton super PAC’s push last week show she’s miles ahead of any potential challenger for 2016.<p>The Iowa caucuses are still nearly …

Social inequity vs. the environment is a false choice

It’s time we stop pretending that inequality and environmental decline are two separate problems<p>As he begins his last few years in office, President Obama is finally addressing the worsening inequality in this country. In his State of the Union speech, he declared: “Inequality has deepened. Upward …

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Computer Programmers: Help NASA Spot Earth-Threatening Asteroids

Save the Earth. Win some cash.<p>I'm a writer. My barely-out-of-college kid brother is a computer programmer. Only one of us has the skills to save the world from asteroids. (Okay, spoiler, it's not me.)<p>NASA is calling on coders to develop software that automatically spots asteroids in photos taken by …

How long to orbit Milky Way’s center?

One journey of our sun and planets around the center of our Milky Way galaxy is sometimes called a cosmic year. That’s approximately 225-250 million …

Quasar Eats Gas, Throws Up

You can’t beat a quasar for general awesomeness. When they were first discovered in the 1960s, nobody could imagine what those pinpoints of light …

Black Holes

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …