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Harvard Bible scholar says passage condemning gays was rewritten — original specifically said gay sex was fine

The original version of Leviticus expressly permitted gay sex, a Biblical scholar writes in the New York Times. Idan Dershowitz is a fellow at …

Bible

Evangelical Christians Try to Defend Their Support of ‘Sinner Trump’ in Stunning Interviews: 'We Rationalize the Immoral Things Away'

Christians in the Bible Belt voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. How do they reconcile his actions with their beliefs?In a deep dive into how …

Donald Trump

Trey Gowdy Calls on Trump Advisers to Resign If He Won't Listen on Russia: 'The Evidence is Overwhelming and the President Needs to Say That'

"The president has access to every bit of evidence,” Trey Gowdy explained. “Even more than those of us on House Intelligence [Committee] ... The …

Donald Trump

Exclusive: Accused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.<p>The meetings, revealed by …

United States

'An insult to women': newly hired ex-Fox exec fuels new turmoil at White House

When the White House announced the hiring of the former Fox News co-president Bill Shine this month, the former anchor Gretchen Carlson offered a caustic response.<p>“This … on the 2 year anniversary eve of filing my harassment lawsuit,” she tweeted. “Life … works in mysterious ways.”<p>Carlson sued the …

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Desperate Facebook poisons the well, spamming disenchanted users with torrents of notifications, including through 2FA

As Facebook users drift away from the platform, the company is becoming increasingly desperate to lure them back, doubling down on its obnoxious …

Authentication

Dependent on trade, Mike Pence’s hometown takes a hit due to Trump’s tariffs

COLUMBUS, Ind. — One company and one family loom large over this city, intertwined for decades. Cummins Inc. is the biggest employer in Columbus, built into a $20 billion heavy equipment manufacturer with the help of Mike Pence, who as governor passed pro-business tax cuts and made trade visits to …

Tariffs

Fox News panel goes off the rails after RNC’s McEnany bizarrely claims Democrats want Russians to vote in US elections

A Johns Hopkins professor shut down GOP spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany on Saturday, during a bizarre Fox News segment where the host joined GOP …

Illegal Immigration

Immigrant Shelters Are Drugging Traumatized Teenagers Without Consent

Shelters act unilaterally, imposing psychotropic drugs on children who don’t know what they’re taking or what its effects may be.Fleeing an abusive …

Immigration

Russia Was Just the Beginning: Here's How Social Media Became Infested with 'Computational Propaganda' Designed to Control Society

"Social media manipulation is big business."While much of the world's attention is currently centered on efforts by Russian operatives to sow discord …

Social Media

Compared to Rest of World Americans Are Delusional, Prudish, Selfish Religious Nuts: Study

Cultural differences exist across borders, and because monoliths are mostly fantasies, often within them, too. That said, America, in particular, is …

Teen Pregnancy

WikiLeaks May Get Served For DNC Lawsuit Over Twitter

In April the Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a novel lawsuit against WikiLeaks alleging they were part of a global conspiracy to influence …

Hillary Clinton

A judge threw out another climate suit against Big Oil. But the real battles lie ahead.

For the second time this summer, a federal judge acknowledged that oil companies are unquestionably responsible for the greenhouse gases amassing in …

Oil & Gas Industry

National GOP reluctant to weigh in on Trump's Russia swirl

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russian …

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This Stunning Story of Kindness on Southwest Airlines Shows: Always Talk to Strangers on Airplanes

This is an incredible lesson on why you should always be nice to other airline passengers.<p>Many of us spend a lot of time on airplanes. So, imagine you're a passenger on Southwest Airlines.<p>You find an open aisle seat in Row 14. You stow your bags and settle in. You get comfortable. And then, the …

Southwest Airlines

Republicans Have an Alger Hiss Problem Named Mariia

The arrest of an alleged Russian spy has conservatives running for cover. Here’s what they should do instead.<p>Alleged Russian spy Mariia Butina was arrested just a few days short of the 70th anniversary of the last major accusation of Russian infiltration in America’s political system: when on Aug. …

Political Science

French researchers discover Fukushima nuclear imprint in California wine

Ever since a huge earthquake off the coast of Japan sent a tsunami crashing into a nuclear plant in Fukushima, setting off one of the world’s worst nuclear crises, scientists have been uncovering the radioactive legacy of the 2011 disaster.<p>The government warned about contaminated seafood around …

Fukushima

Paul Ryan Wishes Republicans Would Stop Being Nazis. Or Other Way Around.

Paul Ryan has made a stunning discovery about the Alt-Right that all black people and most not black Americans knew the instant those skinheads from …

Paul Ryan

The entire Republican Party is becoming a Russian asset

In the past few days, President Trump has given at least some Republicans reason to express displeasure over his relationship with Russia. First he performed a pathetic ritual of subservience before Vladimir Putin, standing beside the Russian leader — after a private meeting between the two, which …

Donald Trump

Russian National Accused Of Running High-Class Prostitution Ring Out Of Miami’s Trump Towers

Two Russians are being accused of running a prostitution ring remotely while living at Miami's Trump Towers.<p>Two Russians, a woman and her husband, …

Donald Trump

Putin isn’t welcome in Congress, Pelosi says

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday rejected the possibility that Russian President Vladi­mir Putin might address the U.S. Congress, describing the Russian leader as a “tyrant” and calling it “beyond belief” that President Trump would invite him to Washington.<p>“Putin’s ongoing …

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Trump's attacks weaken transatlantic security relationship, but Europe has few alternatives

Deeply alarmed at President Trump’s attacks on NATO and the transatlantic relationship, European governments are rethinking their reliance on the United States as a strategic ally against Russia, but they are unlikely to make regional security arrangements independent of Washington.<p>Trump has forced …

Geopolitics

White Supremacists' Disturbing Outreach to 'Russian Friends' Shows Why Trump's Fondness for Putin Is Even Darker than It Seems

Many fear that President Donald Trump’s obvious affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin means that the occupant of the Oval Office is being …

Donald Trump

Stephen King Used An 'Animal Farm' Quote To Call Out Donald Trump & It's The Perfect Literary Burn

The July 19 Helsinki summit opened the doors for a lot of hot takes on the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, but this is the best …

Donald Trump

Richard Shelby, curious Russia ally: Only two senators didn’t vote to protect US citizens from Putin

<b>Richard Shelby; Vladimir Putin; Donald Trump (AP/Getty/Salon)</b><p>Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to stop Trump from handing former US ambassador Michael McFaul to Russia<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>July 20, 2018 5:59pm (UTC)<p>President Donald Trump is facing harsh criticism over concerns that he may hand over a …

Russia

Currency War Erupts, Threatening to Ripple Across Global Markets

The currency war has arrived.<p>So say some of the best and brightest in the $5.1 trillion-per-day foreign-exchange market. U.S. President Donald Trump …

Stock Markets

Masses Of Seaweed Threaten Fisheries And Foul Beaches

If you've been to a beach this summer, anywhere from Texas to the Carolinas, you've likely seen it. Masses of brown seaweed, sometimes a few clumps, often big mounds, line the shore. It's sargassum, a floating weed that's clogging bays and piling up on beaches in the Gulf and Caribbean.<p>On Miami …

Miami Beach

Tesla pushes back against reports on Model 3 cancellations

Customers have been cancelling orders on Tesla's Model 3 car as production ramped up — which Elon Musk promised. However, the company refuted those …

Tesla

Donald Trump ‘Sex Pest’: Explosive BBC Documentary To Air In United States And Canada, How To Watch Online

A shocking new BBC documentary that aired in the U.K. earlier this month now comes to the U.S. and Canada, and here's how and when to watch.<p>Earlier …

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