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The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states

“In a direct election system, the South would have lost every time.”<p>Every four years, we elect a president in this country, and we do it in a strange way: via the Electoral College. The reasons for the Electoral College are unclear to most people. On the surface, it appears anti-democratic and …

TR's Early Life | American Experience

TR | Article<p>TR's Early Life<p>Newly-minted New York State Assemblyman Theodore Roosevelt convened the Cities Committee at Albany one day in 1882, armed …

Why every parent should read to their kids

Research indicates shared reading can strengthen a child’s vocabulary and listening skills, among other benefits<p>If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they …

Ignorance, racism and rage: The GOP’s transformation to the party of stupid started long before Donald Trump

Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making<p>The top leadership of the Republican Party expresses horror at the popularity of Donald Trump as though his positions and values are somehow alien from their own. This is disingenuous. …

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

Books
Political History

I'm obsessed with this app that has a robot read me any article I want

But lately I've become obsessed with a feature many Pocket users have probably never even heard of: Having a robot read articles to me.<p>This feature is called "Listen TTS" (text-to-speech), and has been available since last year on both iOS and Android.<p>The basic premise is that Pocket will scan the …

Apps

Major League Baseball home run leaders, 1871-2016

Earlier this week, a Reddit user shared a fascinating animated data visualization showing the MLB home run leaders from the past 200+ years. I found …

Data Visualization

Roger Goodell defends the indefensible, spinning nonsense

SAN FRANCISCO — Please be careful Sunday sitting on your sofa watching the Super Bowl . Please. As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed us at his annual state of the game address, football might be hazardous, but “there are risks in life. There are risks sitting on a couch.” Indeed there are. …

NFL

Why Are Stethoscopes Still a Thing?

They were invented when doctors still used leeches.<p>There are few technologies more symbolic of western medicine than the stethoscope. Medical schools often gift them to new med students along with a white coat when they start their studies. As far as medical tools go, it's a fairly versatile and …

Medical Technology

Republicans Get Poverty All Wrong. Trust Me, I’ve Lived It.

This Saturday, six Republican presidential candidates will gather alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott at a conference on poverty. Organized by three domestic policy think tanks, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity bills itself as a platform for them to “discuss their ideas for …

Sean Hannity

Habits of highly-effective runners

As runners, we all have unique backgrounds and different reasons for getting into the sport. The following seven habits are behaviours the most …

Marathons

Paying to Play in Memphis? The Strange Case of Tennessee’s Jock Tax

When I first asked Chris Johnson, the lefty shooter from Dayton who signed two 10-day contracts with the Grizzlies last season, about his tax issues …

NBA

The Simple Trick to Take 85 Seconds Off Your 5K Time

All you need is some ice, and a will to endure the cold<p>If you log hours on the road and track so you can slash a handful of seconds off of your race times, there's a simpler way.<p>Researchers in the U.K. recently discovered that the secret to speed is to treat your legs like you treat your favorite …

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

The Best Running Shoes for Men

The right pair of kicks can help you run faster and stay pain-free. Find yours

Hate Running? 25 Ways to Learn to Love It

Shares 5.3K<p>Running is boring. It’s hard. It hurts. It’s lonely. And it doesn’t give you immediate results. Right?<p>While we don’t think any of these …

Can Sex Improve Your Running Performance? (Spoiler: YES)

Must-know info for anyone with a 5-K on the horizon<p>Here’s a compelling argument for getting racy before heading out for a run: 48 percent of runners under age 40 say that having sex before a race fueled their performance, according to a new survey of 1,000 male and female runners from Brooks …

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Out on Your Run

Because that tortuous can't-keep-going feeling? It sucks.<p><i>This article was provided by our partners at Men's Health.</i><p>If you always seem to hit a wall in the middle of your run, you have more options than "push through" or "give up." There are some strategies that will help take you past the wall—and …

Stop Arguing With Guns: The Importance of Knowing When to Back Down

As soon as the word got around last week that a middle-aged, white man allegedly shot three young Muslim-Americans in Chapel Hill, the net exploded with the usual speculation about whether it was a hate crime, an attack on the Muslim religion, a civil rights assault, and so forth and so on. While …

What Did Atticus Finch Think of the Civil Rights Movement?

That Harper Lee will publish another novel in July, <i>Go Set a Watchman</i>, has spawned a powerful mixture of excitement and concern. Excitement because the new book is a sequel of sorts to her 1960 classic, <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, one of the most widely read and beloved books ever written and the source …

The real reason @aa000g9 was so excited last night!! #GNG

Confessions of a Literary Addiction

I have a confession to make. I'm addicted to reading.<p>For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored with books. I have a distinct memory of my mother asking me as a young child to vacuum. I was reading at the time. I did vacuum. That is, vacuum in one hand, book in the other, so that I didn't …

'OMG, You'll Die If You Keep Running So Much!'

Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> fitness maven Gretchen Reynolds published an article titled “Slow Runners Come Out Ahead,” where she relayed the findings of a paper published this month in the <i>Journal of the American College of Cardiology</i> comparing the mortality rates of joggers and sedentary …

Running too hard? Light jogging linked with living longer

There's good news for those who adhere to the "slow and steady wins the race" adage: A light jog a few times a week may help you live longer, a new study from Denmark suggests. In contrast, running too hard may have drawbacks, the study found.<p>Researchers analyzed information from about 1,000 …

Biomedicine

Tips For Runners: Jogging In Small Doses May Be Better Than Marathon Running For Health

Many of us admire marathon runners - even the idea of running 26 miles is tiring.<p>But although these athletes may appear to be the epitome of fitness, …

Roald Dahl's measles warning inspires parents

Roald Dahl was 'destroyed' by the death of his daughter Olivia. His 1986 plea for parents to vaccinate their children is as relevant as ever<p>A letter that Roald Dahl wrote in 1986, warning parents about the dangers of not vaccinating their children, is taking social media by storm in the midst of a …

Books

States With Most Gun Deaths Have High Gun Ownership And Weak Gun Laws, Report Shows

It seems like a relatively obvious equation: The weaker the gun laws and the higher the rate of gun ownership in a given state, the more deaths from gun violence that state will see.<p>That's the conclusion of a report released Thursday by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain