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Clinton’s Ground Game Didn’t Cost Her The Election

Reporters gave Clinton’s field operation too much credit before. Now it’s getting too much blame.<p><i>This is the seventh article in a series that reviews</i> …

Government

Why Trump’s Labor Nominee Failed

President Trump’s choice to run the Labor Department, fast food CEO Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday after it became clear that the …

Donald Trump

How the White House Lies: What Jonathan Swift Has to Say About Kellyanne Conway

“We’re putting conundrums on top of hypotheticals on top of conjecture here. We take it all very seriously, but I think we’re having the same …

A history of sanctuary cities: How Black Americans protected fugitive slaves

Frederick Douglass called on free and enslaved people to defy state and federal laws that protected slavery<p>Barbara Krauthamer<p>February 9, 2017 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the …

Reality check: Is Donald Trump's cabinet facing historic obstruction?

Anthony Zurcher @awzurcher on Twitter<p><b>The claim:</b> It has taken longer for Donald Trump to have his "full cabinet" confirmed than any president in US history.<p><b>Reality Check Verdict:</b> Democrats have slow-walked many of Mr Trump's presidential nominations. It has taken longer so far for him to get the …

How President Trump Could Seize More Power After a Terrorist Attack

Since September 11, 2001, ninety-four people have been killed in the United States in ten attacks carried out by a total of twelve radical Islamist terrorists. Each of the attackers was either an American citizen or a legal resident. More than half of the ninety-four murders occurred last year, …

Amicus briefs against Trump's travel ban: the strongest arguments

Tech companies, politicians and universities are among the US groups citing religious bias, immigrant achievements and national security as reasons to overturn the ban, which has been temporarily suspended<p>Several groups and businesses have waded into the dispute over Donald Trump’s travel ban, …

Immigration

Neil Gorsuch and the Living-document Lie

While leftists are outraged at the idea of banning immigrants who may spit on our Constitution, banning judges who would actually uphold it is a …

Trump’s supreme court pick had some controversial views on the anti-apartheid student movement

Neil Gorsuch, president Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, was no fan of progressives as a young man. So derisive was he of “progressive” politics that he attacked the anti-apartheid movement during his student days.<p>As a student at Columbia University in the late 1980s, Gorsuch wrote extensively …

South Africa

Evaluating The Qualifications Of Neil Gorsuch

President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Yale Law Professor Stephen Carter about his reputation and qualifications.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>A federal judge in Seattle has ordered a halt to President Trump's travel ban on immigrants …

15 exercises to develop the best glutes in the gym

Glutes are king as far as the hierarchy of your muscles is concerned. “For athletic performance, overall lower body power, strength, speed, and …

LGBTQ religion activist: it's time to talk about America's faith-based homophobia problem

As with every mass shooting before it, politicians are responding to Sunday morning’s massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando by extending their "thoughts and prayers" to the families of the 49 victims who lost their lives.<p>But what does it mean for politicians to offer their thoughts and …

LGBTQI

What Is Love, Anyway? Here's The Science

This is why it feels good, and why sometimes it doesn't.<p>We’ve all felt it at some time in our lives. Poets write about it, singers sing about it – …

Neuroscience

Atheist Activist Alix Jules Talks About Race, Religion, and Politics

May 6, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>Alix Jules</b>, an atheist activist from Dallas, Texas, sat down for an hour-long interview with <b>Seth Andrews</b> in which he …

Religion

Atheist Sues Congress After House Chaplain Denies Him Opportunity to Deliver Invocation

May 5, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>If there’s one thing we know about government invocations in light of the 2014 <i>Greece v. Galloway</i> Supreme Court decision, …

Religion

Congress Likely To Get Its Only Openly Atheist Member In November [UPDATE]

Jamie Raskin will swear to uphold the Constitution, not the Bible.<p><b>UPDATE: May 4</b> -- After nontheist organizations rallied around him, Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) distanced himself from the "atheism" label in an interview with The Washington Post. Raskin said he's Jewish and a humanist "with …

God and politics reconsidered

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>LOUISVILLE - Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year’s presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, …

Goodbye, ketchup: 5 healthy condiments you’ve probably never tried

Condiments are having a moment, and their popularity is expected to continue skyrocketing — with good reason.<p>We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill ketchup and mayo here. International condiments are hitting the mainstream as our palates wake up to new worlds of flavor. Everyone is on the …

How Spanking Children Affects Their Behavior as Adults

A new study that analyzed 50 years of research on spanking concludes that the more children are spanked, the more chance there is that <b>they'll</b> …

7 Steps to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Emotional Intelligence

Practical steps to harness the power of emotional intelligence<p>High Emotional Intelligence is what differentiates great leaders from the rest. They're the people who are self-aware, self-regulated, and motivated to do more and be more.<p>They're charismatic leaders who transcend the competition and …

Emotional Intelligence

Is Organic Food REALLY Better for You?

If you're trying to get both your weight and your health on track, you've probably heard the arguments both for and against seeking out organic foods. Some studies and institutions recommend that you buy organic or else, while others say that there's no real scientific basis that …

In Mississippi's religious freedom law, some see echoes of a shameful past

<b>Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) —</b> It wasn't too long ago that lawmakers in Mississippi would invoke verse and scripture to justify discrimination.<p>"The good Lord was the original segregationist," proclaimed Ross Barnett, Mississippi's governor, in the early 1960s. "He made the white man white and the …

The definitive list of states considering anti-LGBT legislation

<b>Alabama:</b> CONSIDERING the Child Care Provider Inclusion Act, filed in the Senate as SB204 that would enable child care service providers, including adoption and foster care agencies, to institute faith-based policies on adoptions — including choosing not to place children in the care of same-sex …

LGBTQI

Black Atheists Explain What It's Like to Be a 'Double Minority'

We talked to five black atheists about what it's like to be black in America and reject the the idea of a higher power.<p>A study cited by the American Psychiatric Association states that 85 percent of African Americans consider themselves "fairly religious" or "religious." Like many things concerning …

Religion

Past Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Legislation Across the Country

There are bills in state legislature across the country and in Congress that could allow religion to be used to discriminate against gay and …

Everything You Need To Know About The Wave Of 100+ Anti-LGBT Bills Pending In States

Nine states are afraid to let transgender people go to the bathroom.<p>WASHINGTON ― It’s been almost a year since the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. And in that time, there’s been an ugly backlash.<p>A new law in Mississippi lets any person or business deny services to …

“I’ve got two words for you, Ted: Boo hoo.” Elizabeth Warren’s epic teardown of Ted Cruz

Running for president is apparently taking a toll on Ted Cruz.<p>In a recent campaign fundraising email, the Texas senatorenumerated the “significant sacrifices” he was making in his bid for the highest office in the US, including daily attacks from the liberal media, no time with his family, not as …

Ted Cruz

This cute little robot can teach your kid (and you) how to code

Teaching kids to code is probably something that will be part of school curriculum in the not-so-distant future or at least it should be. Being able to code is an invaluable skill and learning at a young age leaves time for ample discovery and exploration.<p>However, as anyone who has ever tried to …

Robotics

Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer's on the verge of a breakthrough

Greater understanding of genetics and characteristics of diseases are driving the development of new medicines<p>The practice of medicine can be hit-and-miss: however good a drug is, it is unlikely to work well on everybody with that condition, whether it’s breast cancer or depression. But new …

Cancer