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The 5 telltale techniques of climate change denial

(CNN) — There is overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing global warming. Nevertheless, a small proportion of the population continues to deny the science. This can be problematic when the small number denying climate science includes half of the U.S. Senate.

How do you identify …

Climate Change

Trump's attack on McCain demeans veterans

(CNN) — Donald Trump's remarks disparaging Sen. John McCain's military service were particularly objectionable coming from a man who, despite his tough talk, avoided military service through the deferment process. By contrast, McCain stepped up to the plate to serve.

Trump has never served a day in …


PTSD veteran: I'm not crazy

(CNN) — Army Spc. Scott Barber has beautiful, bright blue eyes. I mention his eyes because, he said, they turned black the day he died.

"I flatlined. I seized," he told me, his voice shaking.

Barber, like thousands of other veterans, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. And, sadly, …


Let Americans know what's in their food

(CNN) — One morning, just over a century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt threw his breakfast sausages out of a White House window.

That, at least, is how one humorist painted the picture of the President upon reading Upton Sinclair's now-classic novel "The Jungle," set amidst the severe and …


The stars have aligned for real prison reform

(CNN) — If you do not yet believe that bipartisan criminal justice reform is possible inside the dysfunction of Washington, it is time to put away your doubts.

Over the last two weeks, we have witnessed a historic surge of momentum for the prospects of justice reform -- punctuated by this week's …

Civil Liberties

The sex freak-out of the 1970s

(CNN) — To borrow a cliché, the 1970s was all about sex, drugs and rock and roll. But arguably, it was the sex part that had the most enduring and profound effect on American society.

The 1970s saw the convergence of several phenomena related to sex, sexuality and gender. There was the women's …

Gay Rights

What the Boy Scouts -- and I -- lost

(CNN) — I loved my four years in the Boy Scouts: New friends, fun weekly troop meetings, monthly camping expeditions, earning merit badges all the way to Eagle Scout. Standing by myself in a still, silent pine grove at summer camp in California's Sierra Mountains.

Most of all, I really believed in …

Boy Scouts of America

Corporate America celebrates gay marriage decision


Same-sex marriage is legal. Here's what it means for couples

New York (CNN) — The Supreme Court extended the right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide in a landmark ruling on Friday.

It's more than a civil rights victory for LGBT couples across the country, it's a financial win.

The court on this same day in 2013 struck down a law that prevented the …


Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide

Washington (CNN) — In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory.

In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal …


How businesses can still discriminate against LGBT people

New York (CNN) — Friday's Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage was a major victory for LGBT couples. But they can still legally be discriminated against in much of the country.

In most states their employers can fire them.

Their landlords can evict them.

They can also be denied service by …

Gay Rights

How businesses rallied for same-sex marriage - Jun. 26, 2015

Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide

Long before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday, hundreds of major American businesses were supporting marriage equality.

They filed legal briefs with the court. They lobbied state officials. And, perhaps most powerfully, they …


Obama: We've made our union a little more equal

President Obama makes a statement following a landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.


Obama calls same-sex marriage plaintiff after victory

President Obama called Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the same-sex marriage Supreme Court case, after his landmark win.

Same-sex Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts

(CNN) — Here's some background information about same-sex marriage in the United States and worldwide.


LEGAL In the following 37 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, …


Social Security's same-sex marriage penalty - Jun. 26, 2015

Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide

Kathy Phelan lost her spouse, Kaye, to cancer nine months after they married.

Because of the patchwork of same-sex marriage laws across the country, Phelan now has to fight Social Security for an extra $1,224 a month while mourning her partner of 34 years.

Phelan …


4 reasons why same-sex marriage is good for business - Jun. 23, 2015

The patchwork of same-sex marriage laws across the country are making it expensive to do business. That's why 379 companies have asked the Supreme Court to make it a constitutional right.

Same-sex marriage is legal in most places. But 13 states don't allow LGBT couples to tie the knot and won't …


This could be a big deal for same-sex couples

New York (CNN) — The right to marry is more than just a civil rights victory, it's a big financial win.

While same-sex couples won the right to legally marry in 2013, those who live in the 13 states that still don't recognize their marriage are denied spousal and death benefits from Social Security …


Why the fascination with Rachel Dolezal?

(CNN) — Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed as black, told the world this week, "I identify as black." Despite her resignation as president of NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, the uproar over her racial deception has not subsided.

And in light of Caitlyn Jenner's recent public declaration


Call it terrorism in Charleston

(CNN) — The horrific attack at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, was allegedly carried out by a young white man who appeared to have deliberately targeted the church simply because it was serving African-Americans. Witnesses say the suspect said he was there "to shoot black people," …


Race hatred is a deep sickness in American society

(CNN) — There's a pioneering education nonprofit in Boston that uses stories of past bigotry to teach young people about tolerance. It's called "Facing History and Ourselves." Which pretty much sums up our national challenge for the foreseeable future.

Last week, when the Rachel Dolezal media circus …


Charleston shooting terrifies black America

(CNN) — The shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left six women and three men dead, including its politically active Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, shook my soul. Police report the shooter, Dylann Roof, 21, said he was at the church "to shoot black people."

I can't …


Great mystery of the 1970s: Nixon, Watergate and the Huston Plan

(CNN) — The CNN documentary series "The Seventies" is a wonderful exercise in putting a tumultuous decade in perspective. This June 17 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

Enough time has passed to have a well-grounded perspective on the fall of Richard Nixon. What historians agree …

Richard Nixon

Will whack-a-mole strategy succeed vs. terrorists?

(CNN) — American counterterrorism officials have had much to celebrate in recent days: the killing of ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf in Syria and the trove of "intel" that was taken from his residence by U.S. special forces; the death of the leader of al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, in a …

Middle East

Inequality can be dismantled at the root

(CNN) — Around the world today, the greatest threat to justice is inequality.

Inequality is the byproduct of systems and structures -- intentional policies and ingrained prejudices -- that have over many decades tilted the scales in favor of some, while limiting opportunity for many others.

Here's …


John Dean: Why Watergate endures

(CNN) — Watergate was a complex and difficult story to cover from the start, first for journalists and then historians, but it is understandably considered the mother of all modern political scandals.

Now, four decades later, there is no American scandal as well-documented as the some 900 days of …

Richard Nixon

What role did race play in how police handled Texas pool party chaos?

McKinney, Texas (CNN) — Benet Embry just wanted a respite from the heat when he went to his neighborhood pool Friday. Talking to CNN Monday about the national story that rolled out of that simple, mundane summer activity still has him pretty well dismayed.

The 43-year-old African-American has lived …


Is a new crime wave on the horizon?

(CNN) — After decades of a downward trend in crime, residents in some large U.S. cities wonder if a reversal is coming.

If you live in Baltimore, you know that May, with 43 homicides, was the deadliest month since 1972. Or if you are a Houstonian, you've probably heard that murders were up 45% …


First on CNN: Baltimore prosecutors, cops try to mend relations

Baltimore (CNN) — Baltimore prosecutors and top police officials met Friday to try to mend relations, which have frayed since six officers were charged earlier this month in the death of Freddie Gray.

Since the charges against the officers, local police have complained that the case by State's …


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