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While Trump grabs headlines, Texas Republicans launch new wave of assaults on LGBT rights

<b>Dan Patrick (AP/Eric Gay)</b><p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sparks new “bathroom bill” and effort to curtail same-sex couples’ rights in Houston<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 26, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>For understandable reasons, Donald Trump and his cadre of Beltway Republicans are dominating the news cycle. But it's also …

LGBTQI

President Sanders? Bernie would have beaten Trump

If Democrats had made a different choice in the primaries last spring,<p>Bernie Sanderswould be assembling his Cabinet right now. A reading of voting patterns in thepresidential electionsuggests that the Vermont senator would have beaten Donald Trump.<p>Trump won the election by prevailing in the Rust …

Middle-class

Metallica singer leaves Bay Area because of 'elitist' attitude

Metallica’s James Hetfield is fed up with the “elitist” San Francisco Bay area attitudes. In a podcast with radio host Joe Rogan he explains his reason for moving to Vail, Colorado.<p>"I kind of got sick of the Bay Area, the attitudes of the people there, a little bit," he said. "They talk about how …

GOP’s next battle against gay rights: Proposed First Amendment Defense Act will use “religious freedom” to legalize discrimination

<b>FILE - In this April 25, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a rally at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Franklin, Ind. Cruz won 11 states and finished a surprising second in a Republican presidential primary, but his popularity may be slipping</b> …

LGBTQI

Study: Trump Benefited From 'Overwhelmingly Negative' Tone Of Election News Coverage

Depending on who you believe, Donald Trump won the election because of Russian hackers, last-minute FBI announcements, fake news, or because Hillary Clinton was a bad candidate. A new study from the Harvard Kennedy School pins the blame on the news media—specifically the “overwhelmingly negative” …

Donald Trump

The Election Was About Racism Against Barack Obama

The popularity of radical anti-immigrant nationalism in Europe, from Britain to Russia, and in the United States—the recent defeat of a right-wing …

How Russia Wins an Election

You don’t need a security clearance to understand how Vladimir Putin does it. Just open your eyes.<p>Did Russia just put its man in the White House? Americans are furiously debating the question as intelligence reports leak, Donald Trump tweets his doubts and Congress vows to investigate.<p>As analysts …

Russia

Trump adviser suggests election hacks were ‘false flag’ operation by the Obama administration

The administration then manufactured evidence to blame Russia, the theory goes.<p>John Bolton, an adviser to Donald Trump and a likely pick for a top …

Donald Trump

Methane from food production might be the next wildcard in climate change

Methane concentrations in the atmosphere are growing faster than any time in the past 20 years. The increase is largely driven by the growth in food …

Donald Trump Is Still 'Open-Minded' About Climate Change, Because Who Knows

Donald Trump, a stubbed, recently-severed zombie toe soon to be sworn in as President of the United States, remains steadfast in his interpretation …

Bill Gates and investors worth $170 billion are launching a fund to fight climate change through energy innovation

Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation.<p>The Microsoft co-founder and his all-star line-up of fellow investors plan to announce tomorrow the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, which will begin making investments …

Venture Capital

The alarming response to Russian meddling in American democracy

WHY is it unsettling to see Republicans and Democrats squabbling, afresh, about Russian meddling in last month’s presidential election? After all, …

Catholic Priests: Gay Men Can't Join Priesthood, Vatican Says Reaffirming 2005 Policy On Homosexuality

The Vatican reaffirmed its 2005 policy on gay men being priests Thursday saying people with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or who “support the …

DiCaprio meets with Trump on green jobs to boost economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centered on preserving the environment can boost the economy.<p>In a statement to The Associated Press, Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, …

Fridge Raider: Inside the vegan diet of Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler is on the rise. The Denver Nuggets forward is off to a red-hot start this season, averaging 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, both career …

Nutrition

Jon Stewart Finally Went Long About The Election And Donald Trump

"He said she was unqualified because she gave a speech to Goldman Sachs. His Secretary of the Treasury is somebody from Goldman Sachs."<p>How do you stay positive during a Trump presidency? In the words of Jon Stewart, “F**king buckle your seatbelt and get ready.”<p>The former “Daily Show” host shared …

Donald Trump

Serena Williams' Open Letter on Gender Inequality

Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes <i>ever</i>—and now that she's conquered the tennis court, Serena Williams' open letter on the fight for gender equality is the latest demonstration of her powerhouse capabilities. In an open letter for the December Incredible Women of 2016 issue of <i>Porter</i> …

Kanye West's Doctor Requested Police Presence in 911 Call

"I think he's definitely going to need to be hospitalized," says unidentified doctor<p>A man identifying himself as one of Kanye West's doctors …

Freedom of Information

Star Wars "Rogue One" Definitely Looks Like a War Movie

Felicity Jones is kicking some Stormtrooper ass.<p><i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> still isn't out for another week, but the tone of the film has been a topic of heated debate for months now. Earlier this year, news broke that Disney had ordered expensive and substantial reshoots of the film to make it …

Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to 'save' it

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.GOP …

Health Care

Why White Women Voted for Donald Trump

It’s no secret that Donald Trump has made many sexist and misogynistic comments both before and during his campaign. But a whopping 42% of women …

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Is flag burning really protected speech?

<i>"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion.”</i> -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson<p>Is flag burning protected speech? This old …

Kanye West checks out of hospital after being admitted for exhaustion

Kanye West has checked out of hospital after being admitted with exhaustion after canceling his remaining tour dates last week.<p>'Exhausted' Kanye West taken to hospital after cancelling Saint Pablo tour<p>Read more<p>The rapper and clothes designer left the UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday, according to …

Kanye West

How to Talk About Climate Change So Anyone Will Listen

Here’s a very 2016 dilemma: On the one hand, as so many of us have learned over this past election cycle (and then re-learned in earnest over …

Climate

Donald Trump Is Reportedly Considering Sarah Palin To Head The Department Of Veterans Affairs

Donald Trump’s still busily filling up his cabinet. His recent selections haven’t included high-profile names, but it’s time to make up for lost time with a big one. According to both a Trump transition official and a Sarah Palin aide, the former running mate of John McCain is under consideration …

Harassment in schools skyrockets after election, teachers report

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the days following Donald Trump's presidential victory, students in Kansas chanted, "Trump won, you're going back to Mexico," to students from other countries, according to a high school teacher in a suburban community within the state.<p>In Oregon, a high school teacher photographed …

Education

Groups document more than 860 hate incidents since elections

Civil rights groups called for President-elect Donald Trump to forcefully and publicly denounce racism and bigotry, pointing to more than 860 bias-related incidents recorded in the 10 days following his Nov. 8 victory.<p>After running a divisive campaign, Trump promised — after winning — to be a …

We’ve Never Known Less About An Incoming President’s Ideology

In the modern era, at least.<p>Most presidents enter the White House with a raft of policy proposals and a clear ideological bent. Ronald Reagan was a …

Priebus confirms that climate denial will be the official policy of Trump’s administration

Reince Priebus tells Fox News that climate science denial is Trump’s ‘default position.’<p>White House chief of staff may be “the second most powerful …

Donald Trump

Trump Vets Polluter Lobbyist To Run EPA

[Update: Donald Trump nominated Scott Pruitt, Attorney General for Oklahoma, to be EPA Administrator].<p>As President-Elect Trump fills out his cabinet, he has an opportunity to continue the long, bipartisan tradition of appointing qualified leaders to the Environmental Protection Agency who will …