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New York Daily News Front Page Hypes Donald Trump's KKK Connection

The New York Daily News is adding fire to its ongoing war of words with Donald Trump with a pointed front page targeting a troubling side to the GOP presidential candidate's campaign: his Ku Klux Klan supporters.<p>The tabloid’s Friday cover features a photograph of a hooded Klansman and the words …

Donald Trump

Science Says What You Wear Largely Affects How You Think And Behave

“What you wear can influence your thinking and negotiating skills, and even hormone levels and heart rate” – Matthew Hutson<p>We all know that the way …

Psychology

An amusing romp through word histories

<b>Written in Stone</b><i><br>Christopher Stevens<br>Pegasus Books, $27.95</i><p>All these words we speak arose somewhere. But what do <i>acrid</i>, <i>acme</i> and <i>acrophobia</i> have in common? …

Language

What a Debate!

Ok, America, you now have a clear choice between the party of hope and optimism and the party of gloom, doom and fear. The most surprising thing at Tuesday's night's 5th Republican presidential debate was the absence of Chicken Little himself. This event could've been called <i>The Sky is Falling …

Government
Ben Carson

Looking for the Brain

The Brain

The 10 Most Political Moments In Pope Francis' Address To Congress

Pope Francis speaks his mind, and he did that again in his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday morning. But, in the vein of the best Jesuit teachers, Francis praised America, its rich political history and its ideals before delicately delivering some things its political leaders …

Christianity
Christianity

Senator Ted Cruz: Demagogue Or Just Serial Liar

Can any other politician lie with the gall, the unflappability, and the effortlessness of Senator Ted Cruz? The man is a serial offender, a recidivist of the highest order. His penchant for subtefuge even caught the attention of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly who asked Cruz if she thought his high …

Republicans

This Addicting Quiz Is Driving the Internet Mad

Playbuzz is known for its addicting quizzes and games, and this particular one is taking over the Internet. Shared almost 300,000 times with thousands of comments, it claims to test your vision by showing you colors in the same family and asking you to choose which one is different. We played …

Quizzes

Fox News’ big Bernie Sanders lie: The right’s laughably lame effort to link Donald Trump and Sanders

Sanders-Trump comparisons highlight sad GOP truth: The left would never back an absolute blowhard for president<p>The media cannot help comparing Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders. And the comparison is not altogether wrong. Both candidates appeal to their respective bases. Both are challenging their …

Government

21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You're Quoting Shakespeare

William Shakespeare devised new words and countless plot tropes that still appear in everyday life. Famous quotes from his plays are easily …

Literature

Google Santa Tracker

Use Google Santa Tracker to follow Santa Claus on Google Maps as he makes his journey around the world.

Students Who Turn in Work at the Last Minute Get Worse Grades, Study Finds

Procrastinators, you’ve been warned — a new study suggests that students who turn in homework at the last minute get worse grades.<p>Two professors at …

Education

Republicans confuse “Atlas Shrugged” for the Bible

A new poll suggests a majority of party members think Jesus would have denounced universal healthcare<p>Do you recall the part in the Bible where Jesus healed the leper, the blind, and raised Lazarus from the dead? I do. Apparently, Republicans remember those three respective biblical stories a little …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …