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Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later

WASHINGTON — The shooting looked bad. But that is when the professor is at his best. A black motorist, pulled to the side of the road for a turn-signal violation, had stuffed his hand into his pocket. The white officer yelled for him to take it out. When the driver started to comply, the officer …


The Miracle of SolarCity

There’s a huge, ongoing, and justifiable obsession with Elon Musk and his ventures—chiefly Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, and SpaceX, his …

Renewable Energy

The most pernicious marijuana myth, debunked

A new study is raising hackles about pot-laced edibles. The statistics really aren't as alarming as they seem

If you read the national headlines or watch the reports on TV, you’d think there was a dangerous epidemic sweeping the nation’s youngsters. According to a recent study, more kids are …


A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily himself, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves and how those perceptions can be distorted …

The Brain

Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public.

For decades we've known that beliefs about evolution are well-predicted by demographic factors, such as religious upbringing and political …


Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned.

In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos …


As Highway Bill Inches Forward, House-Senate Collision Looms

The Senate is moving closer to approving a bill that includes an Ex-Im Bank renewal, which House GOP leaders strongly oppose.

The Senate used a rare Sunday session to move debate forward on its long-term highway bill, setting up a vote this week on the controversial reauthorization of the …

Mitch McConnell

Confessions of a congressman: 9 secrets from the inside

I am a member of Congress. I'm not going to tell you from where, or from which party. But I serve, and I am honored to serve. I serve with good …


Senate smackdown: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee efforts squelched by leaders

The rift between Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz widens.

Updated 7/27/15 4:52 PM EDT

Ted Cruz just wanted a roll-call vote on Sunday. Instead, he got a smackdown.

Republican leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), delivered what senators described as punishment for Cruz’s brazen floor …

Ted Cruz

Highway funds in jeopardy as House and Senate differ on way forward

A congressional standoff over how to renew an expiring highway-funding bill pushed the Senate into a rare and heated Sunday session, but the legislative path forward remains unclear, leaving federal transportation projects hanging in the balance.

Adding to the complication were votes Sunday on …


Judge says immigrant families should be released from detention: What happens now?

A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of immigrant women and children held in U.S. detention facilities should be released because their detention violates conditions of a 1997 court settlement that put restrictions on how migrant children are held.

The Friday ruling was the latest blow to the …


Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz.

The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions."

Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for …

Ted Cruz

Maintenance of Certification -- A Hot Topic in Medicine Most Patients Don't Know About But Should

Would you be willing to visit a physician who is not "board certified"? That may be a question you'll have to ask yourself if a small but vocal group of doctors get their way.

At present, there are 880,000 practicing physicians in the United States. More than 800,000 of them are certified by one or …


We must end UK’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers

If ministers are to “start work on plans to identify innovative efficiencies and reforms, delivering the remaining consolidation over the next four years” (Report, 21 July), can we suggest that the Home Office saves substantial costs by ending the inhumane and unjust practice of indefinite …

Asylum Seekers

Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, 'Shocking' HIV Rates

Transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame, according to a recent World Health Organization report. And the story is told most starkly in the high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide.

JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of …


Ronald Reagan’s lasting healthcare legacy: How ’80s deficit spending and conservative ideologies reshaped the healthcare debate

In Obama's first term, Democrats managed to enact Obamacare without expanding Medicare. History explains why

Deficits and Defense

The election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980 furthered the ascendance of conservatism in national politics. The Reagan administration sought to cut taxes, …

Political History

Conservatives Are Holding a Conversation About Race

The neologism cuckservative isn’t quite onomatopoeic, but it is a fine example of how the sound of a word can reinforce its meaning: abrasive on the …

This week in the war on workers: Turning teachers into robots

"Give him a warning," said the voice through the earpiece I was wearing. I did as instructed, speaking in the emotionless monotone I’d been coached …

Liberal News

The M.I.T. Gang

Goodbye, Chicago boys. Hello, M.I.T. gang.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the term “Chicago boys” was originally used to refer to Latin American economists, trained at the University of Chicago, who took radical free-market ideology back to their home countries. The influence of these …


PotBotics: better cannabis recommendations through science

Medical cannabis, recreational cannabis; it's getting hard to tell the two apart -- even in states where only the former is allowed. Just look at your local dispensary. If it's anything like my local weed shop, your cannabis choices are governed more by the brand name and relative THC content than …


The Big Hole in the Iran Debate

In most discussions of the nuclear deal, the word "Iraq" never comes up. That’s insane.

I have a fantasy. It’s that every politician and pundit who goes on TV to discuss the Iran deal is asked this question first: “Did you support the Iraq War, and how has that experience informed your position?”

For …

Middle East

No Child Left Behind’s One Big Achievement?

Some advocates say the notorious law actually improved outcomes for special-ed students—and they fear that Congress's rewrites to the law could put an end to that progress.

Nearly two decades ago, when Ricki Sabia insisted her 5-year-old son could read, his public-school teachers didn’t believe her. …


Congress needs to stand up for American people's interest over Netanyahu's

As Peter Beinart observed in Haaretz (July 15, 2015) Israel and the United States (and the other members of the P5+1) have conflicting interests at …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

About that job-killing Obamacare: Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 40 years

Clearly, President Obama's socialism is destroying the country.
The fewest Americans in four decades filed applications for unemployment benefits last …

Jobless Claims

Exploring the use of conditional welfare | ESRC | Economic and Social Research Council

July 2015

Extending the use of conditional welfare has been central to successive UK governments’ welfare reforms over the past decade. Conditional …


George Osborne must not be allowed to set Labour’s welfare agenda

George Osborne (Calling all progressives: help us reform the welfare state, 20 July) challenges Labour to support or oppose his welfare reforms. This is only the most recent example of the skill with which the Conservatives in government have set the terms of political debate. Hence, before the …

George Osborne

Politicians Spend Half Their Time Fundraising -- And A Growing Group of Former Politicians Has Had Enough

Are you a boss, or do you want to be one? In America, we often forget that we, the people, are the bosses. As is asserted in the Declaration of Independence, our style of government derives its "just powers from the consent of the governed." We hire politicians: Elections. We pay politicians: Tax …


The first entitlement crisis is only a year away

The US Capitol dome is reflected in the glass roof of its underground visitor center.

The 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year — unless Congress acts, the government said Wednesday.

The trustees that oversee Social Security said the disability …

Social Security

Does Open Data Build Trust?

A story of Demond, police data, and his grandmother’s recycling bin

By Denice Ross, Presidential Innovation Fellow

Rising ninth-grader Demond …

Open Data

Immigrating to the US was hard, but tech will make it easier

When I arrived in the US just after New Year's Day in 1999, I didn't think I would stay. I came here for school and fully expected to return to Malaysia after I was done. Except I didn't. I met my future husband, found new friends, stumbled onto an exciting career and I knew, deep in my heart, that …