Justin Lohre

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Why Obama Doesn't Care If He's Winning or Losing the PR Battle

Now that he doesn't have to face voters again, it's about fixing the government.<p>You can spin a lot of things in a campaign that's a war of words and ideas, but it's a lot harder to spin a government shutdown about which Americans have increasingly direct personal experience.<p>Friday's campaign-style …

Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

At premiere of film about his life, physicist says it's theoretically possible to copy brain on to computer to provide life after death<p>Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.<p>Speaking at the …

Does non-belief in free will make us better or worse?

Studies have shown that people who believe things happen randomly and not through our own choice often behave much worse than those who believe the opposite.<p>Are you reading this because you chose to? Or are you doing so as a result of forces beyond your control?<p>After thousands of years of …

Consciousness

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

A hippie’s defense of GMOs

“I’m a crazy hippie. I go to Burning Man every year … I have a pretty solid understanding of how genes work. And ultimately, I’m just not that scared …

Agriculture

How the ouija board really moves

The mystery isn’t a connection to the spirit world, but why we can make movements and yet not realise that we're making them.<p>Ouija board cups and dowsing wands – just two examples of mystical items that seem to move of their own accord, when they are really being moved by the people holding them. …

Paranormal

Yes, Vaccines Work [Infographic]

Some numbers before and after the introduction of common childhood vaccines<p>Do vaccines really work? Over the past decade, some parents in the U.S., Canada and Europe have started refusing to give their kids the recommended childhood vaccinations. They worry about safety, believing vaccines may …

Edward Snowden Brings Harmony To Washington

It's no surprise that most Republicans and Democrats are speaking from the same script on NSA. Because they're all responsible.<p>WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden has done what President Obama and and John Boehner couldn't: get Washington singing the same tune. For once, leaders of the Democratic and …

5 Pretty Good Reasons to Be an Atheist

People love lists. Am I right? So here is a list of five pretty good reasons why you should be an atheist. Now I know I am not going to convince everyone with this list because god-belief has been indoctrinated into our society for a long time and most people have been raised to believe in some …

Here's A Bipartisan Idea That Will Die At Birth

<b>I was watching a panel discussion</b> on MSNBC this morning, and Alex Wagner managed to direct the conversation toward the administration's "war on the press," which is defined by Eric Holder's rather clumsy attempts to find out who was talking to the AP, and the Department Of Justice's muscle-flexing …

Daniel Ellsberg

Sen. Reid Threatens Nuclear Option To Confirm Nominees

Senate Republicans have continued blocking a number of President Obama's appointees to run his executive agencies. Majority Leader Harry Reid again has threatened a rules change to permit appointment confirmations with a simple majority vote.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>It's MORNING EDITION from …

Drudge’s latest bogus scoop

A week after promising a new scandal, Drudge has nothing — but at least the media didn’t take the bait this time<p>A week ago Monday, Drudge Report editor Joseph Curl teased a tantalizing scoop: The scandal-wary White House was about to get hit with another one:<p>Rumors of an incoming fifth scandal …

May Was A Huge Month For Marijuana Legalization And Virtually Nobody Noticed

May was a huge month for marijuana reform supporters, with a string of significant wins and important milestones as more and more states lean toward a laissez-faire approach to marijuana.<p>First and foremost, the Colorado Legislature successfully navigated its first big regulatory test, inventing the …

Cannabis

An Apology to Kevin Sabet Over a Meaningless Marijuana Statistic

Kevin Sabet asked for an apology over my recent post, Project SAM's Kevin Sabet Claims 39% Washington Teens Use Dispensary Pot, Reality is 9.4%. Basically, I accused him of adding up columns of percentages for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to come up with a scary-sounding -- and completely …

GOP congressman uses Bible to justify punishing the poor

Rep. Stephen Fincher’s recent snafu proves that when quoting from the Good Book, context matters<p>Tennessee Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher provides an excellent case study on why context should never be disregarded when quoting from the Bible.<p>In recent moves by Congress to slash $4.1 billion or more …

What would Bulworth Obama say?

After news emerged this week that the president has a secret fantasy of “going Bulworth” — a reference to the 1998 film starring Warren Beatty in which the fictional senator decides to, once and for all, tell the American people exactly what he thinks, politics be damned — everyone wanted to know …

Creationist 'Science' Quiz Rhubarb Prompts Donations To Christian School That May Close Next Year

After a creationist quiz from a South Carolina school was posted to Reddit in late April, the school received not only an onslaught of criticism, but also a slew of donations from individuals around the world. Now, the financially troubled institution is hoping the donations will keep flowing, …

Bipartisan agreement about IRS overreach

Chris Matthews talks with Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., and Rep. Sandy Levin, D-Mich., about Friday’s IRS hearing regarding the agency’s targeting of Tea Party groups.

Chris Matthews

Attacks on Benghazi still ‘the worst scandal that never happened’

Thomas Pickering, former ambassador to the U.N., and Mother Jones’ David Corn join Hardball to discuss the “scandal” that is Benghazi, and the reason it isn’t as scandalous as some conservatives want to claim.

Government

5 fixes for the IRS

Never again.<p>That’s the vow President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are making in the wake of the IRS tea-party targeting sandal.<p>It’s a good talking point. Finding the fix that everyone can agree to is much harder.<p>Consider this: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp says the IRS …

An IRS With Integrity: Will This Be the Dawn of Another New Era?

Thursday President Obama stood before the nation declaring that "the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity." Will the words Internal Revenue Service and integrity ever be synonymous? Integrity means consistency in actions and values. It means an agency that acts in accordance with the …

The newest scandal? UmbrellaGate

As the right-wing rips the president for using an umbrella, Joe Madison and Lauren Ashburn join Rev. Sharpton to talk about why every little thing the president does is picked apart by his critics.

Donald Trump

Hayes: Liberals, listen up

Chris Hayes' plea to fellow liberals about what scandals are really scandals this week.

United States

The Real Benghazi Scandal

Congressional investigators are pointing fingers in the wrong direction if they want to save more U.S. lives.<p>Reuters<p>In a tense press briefing in the White House East Room on Monday, President Obama cleared his throat before addressing the subject on everyone's mind: last fall's attack on an …

Is the IRS “scandal” all hype?

Inspector General report finds no evidence Tea Party groups were targeted for political reasons<p>During remarks at the White House yesterday evening, President Obama offered his opinions on the Treasury Department Inspector General's report [PDF] finding that the IRS used "inappropriate criteria to …

The Definition Of Insanity

<b>The House Republican caucus today</b> will interrupt its regular Thursday lunch of paint chips and library paste to film the 37th scene from its ongoing mockumentary, proving that not only does it not take "No!" for an answer, it's doesn't take, "Oh, hell fk no, you passel of complete fking wastes of …

Steve Daines

When the IRS targeted liberals

Under George W. Bush, it went after the NAACP, Greenpeace and even a liberal church<p>While few are defending the Internal Revenue Service for targeting dozens of conservative groups, there are two critical pieces of context missing from the conventional wisdom on the "scandal." First, at least from …