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Ta-Nehisi Coates has an incredibly clear explanation for why white people shouldn’t use the n-word

'White supremacists by default': How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible

<b>(CNN) —</b> Blame President Trump for his tepid moral response. Call the neo-Nazis and white nationalists thugs. Fill your Facebook and Twitter accounts with moral outrage.<p>But the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville this month could not have occurred without the tacit acceptance of millions of …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

The president used a narrow condemnation of neo-Nazis to mount a defense of the politics of white resentment.<p>President Trump’s short press conference Tuesday afternoon was remarkable for seeming cogent. In so many of his public statements Trump wanders, free-associates, digresses, and seems either …

Rights & Freedoms

Seven filthy food habits and how dirty they really are

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yum, who's hungry for a slice of cake loaded with bacteria? A chip dipped in both salsa and bacteria? Mmm, what about a piece of toast that just fell on the bacteria-covered floor?<p>Getting some bacteria with your food is the risk you take if you eat birthday cake after the candles have been …

America is flying blind on North Korea

The situation in the Korean Peninsula is getting pretty scary. North Korea just tested a missile that, in theory, could deliver a nuke to Washington, DC. The US is flying advanced B-1B bombers over South Korea to signal strength. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the president told him he was willing to go …

Trumpcare Collapsed Because the Republican Party Cannot Govern

In 2009, David Frum, the former Bush administration speechwriter whose ideological apostasy was in its formative stages, met with conservative …

Health Care

Mitch McConnell is breaking the Senate

Will the majority leader’s desire to win lead him to wreck the institution he says he loves?<p>It’s like solving a Rubik’s cube, Mitch McConnell says.<p>Put in some opioid treatment cash here. Take out a big tax cut there. Throw some money at Alaska here. Overhaul regulations there.<p>Turn the bill this …

Republicans

The Great White Celebrity Vacuum

White women have long been the primary currency of the celebrity industry. But in our current political and cultural climate, investing in them feels increasingly ill-advised.<p><b>On May 22</b>, the cover of Us Weekly promised to reveal the answer to a question that many readers might not have realized …

Donald Trump is exploiting the fatal flaw of the two-party system

Republicans are stuck with Trump. If he goes down, they go down with him.<p>Last week, I wrote a piece that asked, “Will Republicans impeach Trump?” The short answer: unlikely.<p>In this piece, I want to explore how much this “unlikely” conclusion flows from the zero-sum logic of our two-party system. …

The disrespect shown to Obama still rankles

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the day Donald Trump became president, black Americans exhaled as Michelle and Barack Obama got on that Marine One helicopter and flew away from the White House unharmed.<p>In 2008, black Americans quietly worried Obama would be assassinated if he won the presidency, or killed before he …

White Women Drive Me Crazy

White women are so dangerous because they’re allowed to be so soft — innocent until proven innocent.<p><b>Yesterday I stepped</b> on a white woman’s yoga mat by accident and she looked at me like she had woken up to me standing at the foot of her bed, like I had just suggested we murder her husband and run …

It took 3 years for George W. Bush to hit 50% disapproval. Trump is there after 8 days.

Trump reached majority disapproval faster than any president in modern history.<p>Nearly every modern president has, at one time or another, reached the point at which at least 50 percent of the country disapproved of his job performance as president. For Donald Trump, though, that moment has come …

Trump’s vision of education begins and ends with schools being bad

President Trump’s verdict on American schools in his inaugural address Friday was harsh: America, he said, has “an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”<p>That’s typical for Trump, who’s used startlingly bleak language to …

It’s African American History Month, and our president still can’t say “black” without “inner city”

He’s either unwilling or unable to stop.<p>Last month, Donald Trump canceled his planned Martin Luther King Jr. Day visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The unspecified “scheduling issues” that his transition team said were responsible for the scrapped plans were …

This MLK Quote Sums Up The Rise Of White Supremacy Post-Trump

King's words are eerily prophetic.<p>Martin Luther King, Jr. said and wrote many poignant and profound things during his lifetime, certainly too many to count, but one quote from the Civil Rights icon feels eerily prophetic in light of Donald Trump’s presidency.<p>On July 16, 1964, King released a …

Civil Rights

Study: racism and sexism predict support for Trump much more than economic dissatisfaction

The study comes with a chart to prove it.<p>Following Donald Trump’s election, the media tried to identify several indicators for why he won. Was it the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic? Poor health outcomes? The economy?<p>A new paper by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, …

How America fails to learn from its racist history, in 2 paragraphs

Germans are taught that their historical horrors were collective failures. Americans, on the other hand…<p>Both the US and Germany have committed horrific racist atrocities in the past. But Americans learn about their own cruelties differently than Germans do, writes Megan Carpentier for the …

Black And White Americans View Historical Events Very Differently

A new study shows how you categorize important events is shaped by your race, as well as your age.<p>White and black Americans perceive history differently, according to a new survey of the most significant historic events in Americans’ lifetimes.<p>While both groups listed the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks …

Pew Research Center

Obama: if you were fine with big government until it served black people, rethink your biases

The president speaks at length about race with Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic.<p>Here’s some real talk from President Barack Obama, taken from his conversations with Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic:<p>I’m careful not to attribute any particular resistance or slight or opposition to race. But what I do …

Tea Party

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Giving up alcohol opened my eyes to the infuriating truth about why women drink

I’m newly sober and dog-paddling through the booze all around me. It’s summer, and Whole Foods has planted rosé throughout the store. Rosé is great with fish! And strawberries! And vegan protein powder! (Okay, I made that last one up.) At the office, every desk near mine has a bottle of wine or …

Self-help

Olympics 2016: Some key numbers

Number of competitiors:<p>The number of athletes each nation has sent to the Olympic Games.<p>http://www.andybarefoot.com/olympics/<p>Data visualisations of …

The GOP tried to sink Obama. Instead, the party imploded | Richard Wolffe

If your political priorities are the total defeat of a single politician – not the advancement of your own policies – it fans the flames of extremism<p>It may seem too early to call, but we already have a winner in the 2016 election.<p>He’s someone the pundits wrote off long ago. An improbable outsider …

National Security

The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems

All right, I need to vent. For months, I’ve watched Donald Trump decry as “rigged” everything from the Democratic primaries, the Republican primary …

How Helicopter Parenting Can Cause Binge Drinking

The way some white professionals raise their children is exacerbating an alcohol problem on U.S. college campuses.<p>I was a teenager in the 1970s. It was a different time. We did not drink—or do drugs or have sex—in captivity. We did those things in the wild, away from our parents, in the danger and …

The Path to Prosperity Is Blue

HOW can America’s leaders foster broad prosperity? For most Republicans — including Donald J. Trump — the main answer is to “cut and extract”: Cut taxes and business regulations, including pesky restrictions on the extraction of natural resources, and the economy will boom.<p>Mr. Trump and House …

GOP Rep. Steve King asks how minorities gave to civilization

CLEVELAND (AP) — Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King, one of the most conservative members of Congress and a harsh critic of immigration, has …

Steve King

Donald Trump’s speech introducing Mike Pence showed why he shouldn’t be president

I do not know how to explain what I just watched.<p>It should be easy. Donald Trump introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. There it is. One sentence. Eleven words. But that doesn’t explain what happened any better than "I spent a few hours letting lysergic acid diethylamide mimic …

Donald Trump