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A Conservative Group Just Made a Great Argument for Government Spending

I know. It’s hard right now to take your eyes off Donald Trump's exploding oil tanker of a presidential campaign. Now may not seem like the time to …

Pirozhki (Russian bread buns) are sold from an Airstream trailer in L.A.

Think of a pirozhki as a tricked out, Russian-made, artisanal hot pocket. This is, of course, oversimplifying the addictive, Moscow-originated bread buns, but you kind of get the idea.<p>Shaped like a torpedo, a pirozhki features a glistening bread shell around meat, cheese or vegetable filling. You …

Boycotting Is a Powerful Activism Tactic. So Why Are Some Lawmakers Working Against It?

In recent weeks, governors, mayors, major businesses, and entertainers have joined a boycott of North Carolina and Mississippi as a way of protesting …

Rights & Freedoms

The Legal Arms Race Threatening the Future of the Global Internet

Around the time that Galileo Galilei faced the Inquisition, the English established their first American settlement in Virginia, and the Taj Mahal …

Privacy

You Might Not Have Noticed, but Hillary Clinton Has a Really Progressive Tax Plan

Hillary Clinton is running for president on an extremely progressive policy platform. This fact has been drowned out somewhat by Bernie Sanders’ …

Middle-class

Pentagon Research Could Make ‘Brain Modem’ a Reality

The tiny injectable machine could turn your noodle into a remote control.<p>The Pentagon is attempting what was, until recently, an impossible …

I thought I could reason with Antonin Scalia: A more naive young fool never drew breath

<b>Antonin Scalia (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>I clerked for Scalia, certain he prized reason. From our leather chairs, we never saw the lives his rulings gutted<p>Bruce Hay<p>February 27, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>In the two weeks since his death, many have spoken about Antonin Scalia’s undeniable impact on American …

Law

Albert Einstein’s vision realized: The future of gravitational wave astronomy is here

<b>(AP)</b><p>Scientists anticipate this latest discovery could take decades — even centuries — to fully comprehend<p>Lee Billings<p>February 14, 2016 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>A century ago, when Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational …

With help of corporate law firm, small pro-Israel group derails historic UAW union vote endorsing boycott

<b>(AP/Patrick Semansky)</b><p>California UAW 2865 rank-&-file members say the landslide vote endorsing BDS was undermined by “undemocratic” means<p>Ben Norton<p>January 25, 2016 3:45pm (UTC)<p>The United Auto Workers International Executive Board nullified the vote of a major California union that endorsed a boycott …

Why GOP Elites Prefer Trump to Cruz

Donald Trump is a nativist demogogue who attacks racial and religious minorities and heaps praise on authoritarian leaders abroad. He borrows from …

19 Science Fiction Shows And Movies To Binge On While The Blizzard Has Trapped You Inside

Winter Storm Jonas pretty much has the East Coast stuck inside this weekend, which means that you’re probably sitting in front of your television …

With a Little Planning, You Can Cook Polenta in 15 Minutes Flat. Here’s the Secret.

<i>This post originally appeared on Food52.</i><p>As you’ll know if you’ve ever tipped a bag of coarse-ground cornmeal into simmering water without doing the …

Ted Cruz is not eligible to run for president: A Harvard Law professor close-reads the Constitution

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane)</b><p>The closer you study the Constitution, the weaker Ted Cruz’s case squares with the actual meaning of “natural-born”<p>Einer Elhauge<p>January 20, 2016 10:37pm (UTC)<p>The argument that Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president initially looked strong, then probable but uncertain. But …

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Is a Gifted Politician. He’s an Even Better Liar.

Ted Cruz is the only true conservative running for president. That’s the message of his campaign: He’s the only senator who stood and fought against …

The West’s big lie about Mother Teresa: Her “glorification of suffering instead of relieving it” has had little impact on her glowing reputation

<b>Mother Teresa (AP/Eddie Adams)</b><p>Mother Teresa was a very successful evangelist — but a champion of medicine or humanitarianism? Not so much<p>George Gillett<p>January 3, 2016 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Reused needles, poorly trained staff and expired medications. The picture Hemley Gonzalez describes to me is not one …

Christianity

How Philadelphia prosecutors protect police misconduct: Cops get caught lying — and then get off the hook | Salon.com

<b>Christopher Hulmes (AP/Philadelphia Police Department/Reuters/Tim Shaffer/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>How Philadelphia prosecutors protect police misconduct: Cops get caught lying — and then get off the hook<p>Officer Christopher Hulmes lied under oath, but for years never charged with perjury. Now 500 …

Corruption

Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed”

<b>(AP)</b><p>Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest<p>William Leuchtenburg<p>December 28, 2015 10:15pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton”<p>No one had ever entered the White House so grossly …

Ronald Reagan

How Surge Pricing Works

Uber’s algorithm is a little less mysterious now that researchers from Northeastern University have run tests on it.<p>Three computer scientists studying Uber’s surge pricing have devised a simple recommendation for thwarting the algorithm: Walk.<p>The car-service app increases prices when demand for the …

‘Star Wars’ Tractor Beams Are Real

Scientists have figured out how to create a sound beam that can hold, move and rotate small objects from far away.<p>A “tractor beam” is a …

Hummus for Peace: As Extremists on Both Sides Escalate, the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Camp Looks Increasingly Impotent

Israel’s left has no substantive answer to the recent violence, so they’ve turned to symbol. And many are leaving the country.<p>Two scenes from Israel …

The GOP’s entire identity is based on a lie: How the Obama presidency exposed Republican deficit delusions

<b>(Jewel Samad)</b><p>For six years, Republicans have pilloried Obama for out-of-control spending. But there’s one big problem with that<p>Bob Cesca<p>October 16, 2015 6:50pm (UTC)<p>Following the first Democratic debate, Fox News and the broader conservative ecosystem erupted in a coordinated effort to paint the …

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 …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

Universe

OnePlus 2 Long-Term Review: Exposing The Hyped Flagship Killer

It has been two months since I first picked up OnePlus 2 smartphone. This ‘difficult second album’ from OnePlus has had a rough ride in the press thanks to poor distribution issues, and the shoot from the hip promotions undertaken haven’t always been on the safest ground. I think that’s one of the …

The Tricky Encryption That Could Stump Quantum Computers

On August 11, the National Security Agency updated an obscure page on its website with an announcement that it plans to shift the encryption of …

How Wasps Use Viruses to Genetically Engineer Caterpillars

And caterpillars might be using the same viral genes to defend themselves against other viruses<p>This is a story about viruses that became domesticated by parasitic wasps, which use them as biological weapons for corrupting the bodies of caterpillars, which in turn can steal the viral genes and …

Caterpillars

The ‘Fantastic Four’ We’ll Never See: Max Landis on His Doomed Masterpiece and ‘Chronicle 2’

Hollywood’s most outspoken screenwriter opens up about his dream sequel to American Ultra and the rejected Fantastic Four script applauded by geeks …

A New Book Traces a Century of Sex Laws

When the proprietor of a Florida-based pornographic website was put on trial in 2008, he was accused of violating community standards. To prove that …

The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia

Judges like to say that all they do when they interpret a constitutional or statutory provision is apply, to the facts of the particular case, law …

Law