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Guns

The Myth of American Exceptionalism and the Uniqueness of America

There is a recurring theme throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, particularly on the Republican side: "Be afraid -- be very afraid."<p>It is enough to conclude American greatness lies in our historical rearview mirror. It is somewhat counterintuitive if one also accepts the myth of "American …

Political Science

Here's What Donald Trump Tweeted About Apple

Editorials in <i>The Washington Post</i> and <i>The New York Times</i> today about Donald Trump’s black-on-white-homicide Tweet got me wondering whether he’d ever …

Donald Trump

This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment

The goal was to allow a person to get a mortgage or refinance their home while standing in line for a cup of coffee.<p>It took nearly five years and a team of 450 people, but today Quicken Loans is announcing Rocket Mortgage, an online mortgage that takes just a few minutes to complete. Quicken Loans …

Real Estate

France, Russia pummel ISIS stronghold as critics blast US rules of engagement

In the wake of Friday's deadly terror attack in Paris and the confirmed bombing of a Russian airliner, Russia and France are pounding the Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as, while the number of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS still dwarves all others combined, America appears to be in a …

Remove Islam’s ‘Scarlet Letter’ Sex Laws

The terrible video of Taliban stoning a young Afghan woman to death has gone viral—and Muslims must fight against the outdated laws that allow such …

6 Predictions for the Future of the Religious Right

For more than forty years now, the Religious Right has been a powerful force in the United States, helping reshape the Republican Party and realign the nation's politics and culture.<p>Typically considered a grassroots movement of conservative Catholics, evangelicals, and Mormons, and the political …

Religion

Why the U.S. Hopes ISIS Didn't Destroy the Russian Airliner

The prospect that ISIS planted a bomb that blew a Russian airliner out of the sky last weekend raises the stakes for President Obama and the rest of …

Sharm el-Sheikh

Russia's strategy in Syria may have just gotten more complicated

So far, Russia has focused most of its involvement in Syria on hitting rebel targets to shore up territory for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>But as ISIS affiliates in Egypt's Sinai peninsula insist that they took down a plane carrying …

Middle East

China’s Dangerous War Talk About the South China Sea

The air and sea shadow boxing could lead to a bloody brawl with the U.S., warns the head of China’s navy. And the warning itself is the scary …

The Room Where the Internet Was Born

An epic American road trip—to see “The Cloud” in all its strange manifestations—begins in an old lab at UCLA.<p>Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet. More specifically, we'd been …

Internet

Polish-American historian could be stripped of honours after claiming Poles killed more Jews

Jan Gross, professor at Princeton University, claimed that Poles killed more Jews than Nazis during the Second World War<p>A Polish-American historian could be stripped of honours bestowed upon him by Poland for claiming Poles killed more Jews than the Nazis during the Second World War.<p>Jan Gross’s …

New Jersey

Conservatives Are Right: The Media Is Very Liberal

The biggest loser of CNBC’s Republican Presidential debate last week was the news media. Ted Cruz got the loudest applause of the night when he …

Presidential Debate

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War

Fear and xenophobia poison Polish polls

The country is thriving, but the rightwing Law and Justice party’s anti-migrant and introspective campaign has won over many voters before Sunday’s election<p>Call it the Polish paradox. As voters head to the ballot box on Sunday to pick a new parliament, the mood is decidedly at odds with the …

Europe
Mexico

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

Donald Trump's pledge: 'We're gonna be saying Merry Christmas'

<b>Burlington, Iowa (CNN) —</b> Playing to Hawkeye State evangelical voters, Donald Trump riffed on religious political correctness at an event here Wednesday by vowing to always say "Merry Christmas" come the winter holiday season.<p>"I'm a good Christian," the Republican presidential front-runner said. "If …

Joe Biden

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Language

The Planet-Saving, Capitalism-Subverting, Surprisingly Lucrative Investment Secrets of Al Gore

The former vice president has led his firm to financial success. But what he really wants to do is create a whole new version of capitalism.<p>“When i left the White House in 2001, I really didn’t know what I was going to do with my life,” Al Gore told me this summer, at his office in the Green Hills …

São Paulo

Ancient house reveals suburbia in Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome may have been much larger than originally believed, according to recent archaeological findings.<p>In an excavation area on Quirinal Hill, researchers have discovered a well-preserved rectangular residence they say dates back to the 6th century BC, complete with wooden beams, clay-covered …

Reagan's Son: Candidates Should Stop Trying To Fill Dad's Boots, He'd Be Called RINO Today

"To say, I'm just like Ronald Reagan. I mean, half the population out there is gonna vote, have no idea who Ronald Reagan was or is."<p>Ronald Reagan's son Michael Reagan says Republican candidates should stop trying fill his father's boots, adding that many in today's party would label his father a …

Abraham Lincoln

The White House's Security Briefing To Ahmed Mohamed

A Muslim ninth grader named Ahmed Mohamed was arrested yesterday after school officials mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. After a friend posted a picture of Mohamed getting arrested, his story received nationwide attention. #IStandWithAhmed immediately started trending as support poured in …

The White House

Nick Merrill: the man who may unlock the secrecy of the FBI's controversial subpoenas

27 November stands to mark a victory a decade in the making for Merrill, who was served with a national security letter in 2004 and said he was ‘terrified’ of revealing the extent of the information he was being asked to hand over<p>For over a decade, Nick Merrill could say nothing about the FBI …

Surveillance

How A 1200-Year-Old Hacking Technique Can Already Crack Tomorrow's Encrypted Vaults

In the ninth century, Baghdad was not the violent epicentre of a conflict between Western and Eastern ideologies it would become once Bush and Blair sent the troops to Iraq. It was, rather, the centre of the civilized world and home to a renowned scientific hub, Bayt al-Hikma, known in English as …

Encryption

How Trump Exposed the Tea Party

The proof is in: the GOP base isn’t small-government libertarian; it’s old-fashioned populist.<p>Here are some of the things that have been said by the guy who has galvanized the GOP’s Tea Party base and taken the lead in the Republican presidential race:<p>“Every Republican wants to do a big number on …

Tea Party

How Edward Snowden Inadvertently Helped Vladimir Putin's Internet Crackdown

Edward Snowden's exposés of the National Security Agency's global surveillance sparked calls to roll them back around the world. But in Russia, where he claimed asylum, Vladimir Putin's censors seized on his revelations to justify unprecedented control over the internet — and expand the Kremlin's …

Surveillance

How the world changed as a result of Hitler's decision to invade Poland, 76 years ago today

Adolf Hitler's home, the Berghof, was just outside the town, on a mountain in the Bavarian Alps. To the extent that Hitler had a home, this was it, and it was the place where Hitler met with many notables, particularly before the war began.<p>As it happens, today is the 76th anniversary of the start …

World History