James Christopher Owen

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Religion

George W.'s Biographer Explains How Bush Family Failures Led to Donald Trump's Success

Jean Edward Smith, a renowned presidential biographer, pulls no punches.<p>When a biographer says that George W. Bush "is in many respects the founder of ISIS," some will question the source. After all, in his capacity as a Donald Trump shill, Rudy Giuliani has said similar things about Hillary …

Political Science

Terence Crutcher wasn't a 'bad dude' – just a black man in America

The shooting of an unarmed father of four in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a reminder that we are viewed as threats by police simply for looking the way we do<p>Terence Crutcher had his hands up. That didn’t stop him from being shot by Tulsa police on Friday. He was a father, a husband, a churchgoing man, a …

Justice

The bleak truth about how we spend our time

Paradoxically, time-use studies in recent decades find increased boredom in leisure activities, a finding akin to the ubiquitous complaint of "busyness" in an era of unprecedented technologically driven productivity and automation.<p>Productivity-enhancing technologies don't make us any less busy …

Social Media

The Science of Developing Mental Toughness in Your Health, Work, and Life

Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good athlete, a good leader or a good parent? The answer: Mental toughness. Here's how you can develop it

Self-improvement

Donald Trump has a secret shame: Every playground bully has a toxic fuel

Playground thugs play to the crowd but they’re always afraid of something, an expert tells us. Like being a loser<p>Donald Trump is a playground thug, said Jonathan Fast, author of “Beyond Bullying: Breaking the Cycle of Shame, Bullying, and Violence” (Oxford 2016). Like many juvenile oppressors, the …

Donald Trump

Antonin Scalia was only an 'originalist' when it was convenient

The Supreme Court’s creation of new religious rights for closely-held corporations, <i>Burwell, Secretary of HHS v. Hobby Lobby,</i> makes clear that while …

Inside The Most Important Supreme Court Case In Human History

The earth just had a terrible day in court.<p>Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court unexpectedly suspended the Obama administration’s most aggressive …