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As Conservatives Gather, Anger at the News Media Runs Deep

OXON HILL, Md. — It did not seem like a coincidence that the very first panel of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference took direct aim at the state of journalism in the United States.<p>The opening session on Thursday, “An Affair to Remember: How the Far Left and the Mainstream Media …

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Trump's Fast-Food Engorged World Is Petty, Small, Miserable, Anxious and Angry

Our president's only religion is self-worship.Many academic disciplines can be consulted to explain the on-going tragedy of the Trump administration. …

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How to Reduce Shootings

It has happened yet again: Inevitably, predictably, fatefully, a gunman shot dead 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday.


What John Adams really thought about Thomas Jefferson: “I shudder at the calamities”

The friendship between the ex-presidents was tested when Adams’ private trash-talking letters were published<p><i>Excerpted with permission from "Agony and Eloquence" by Daniel L. Mallock. Copyright 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.</i><p>The …


It's Not Illegal Immigration That Worries Republicans Anymore

The Trump-era GOP cares more about the national origin and race of immigrants than the methods they used to enter the United States.<p>A few weeks ago, the contours of an immigration compromise looked clear: Republicans would let the “Dreamers” stay. Democrats would let Trump build his wall. Both …


You’re Wrong! I’m Right!

We live in two Americas.<p>In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric.<p>In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric.<p>The …

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Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …


America’s Mirror on the Wall

A year into his presidency, Trump has proven to be a reflection of the nation’s darkest political traditions.<p>One year ago, Donald Trump stood in front of a nation still in shock at the outcome of the 2016 election, and listening as the president-elect spoke in his inaugural address to see what he …

Political Science

What's Actually Behind Cape Town's Water Crisis

Blame austerity-obsessed technocrats, irresponsible development, and willful ignorance.<p>The city of Cape Town was plonked by its founders onto a peninsula not far from where the Indian and Atlantic oceans merge, often violently, beneath the imposing banks of Table Mountain. To its north lie the …

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The Righteous Anger of the Parkland Shooting’s Teen Survivors

Students have mourned and rallied the public after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 dead.<p>Something was different about the mass shooting this week in Parkland, Florida, in which 14 students and three adults were killed.<p>It was not only the death toll. The mass murder at …

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What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …


How US gun culture compares with the world in five charts

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United States. Home to liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the most mass shootings in the world.<p>America's unique relationship to gun ownership -- enshrined as a right in its constitution -- is also in the middle of an emotional and divisive debate about the meaning of the Second …


Trump Can Fire Mueller, But Not a Grand Jury

The president can’t shut down the Russia investigation, even if he gets rid of the special counsel.<p>President Donald Trump appears more determined than ever to fire special counsel Robert Mueller—despite White House protestations to the contrary. Americans must begin to prepare for the …

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States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports

Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as they …

Alex Azar

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

Trump's First Year: Everyone Hates Us Now

A damning new Gallup poll shows how the perception of the United States has changed under Trump.<p>In 2016, 48 percent of the world's citizens approved of the United States from a leadership perspective. By 2017, just 30 percent did. What changed, of course, was the leader. President Donald Trump has …

Checking in on America's Newest State, Foxconnsin

Scott Walker's Wisconsin legacy will be creating an ungovernable state within his state.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p><i>Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what’s goin’ down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin’ gets done and where somebody better</i> …

Eric Greitens

It Was All a Giant Farce

The Republican Party has not stood for "fiscal responsibility" since Ronald Reagan.<p>So, while I was sleeping, the Winter Olympics opened and the government closed, at least for a while. The latter was not as entertaining as the former. The Olympics had a shirtless Tongan. The Congress had Rand Paul. …


The moral outrage of Mitch McConnell's cowardly leadership

A travesty occured in the chambers of Congress last night and early this morning. Republicans in Congress exposed themselves as hypocrites and frauds …

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Economists scratch their heads as Congress ramps up deficits

“Given how close we are to full employment, it’s highly unusual to have the deficit as a share of GDP at 4 percent to 6 percent over the next few years, but ‘unusual’ isn’t necessarily bad,” Jared Bernstein, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told NBC News. “It all comes …


Conniving lying conspirators or bumbling lying fools; you decide

You don’t want either running your government<p>Okay, it’s time to have a look at that goddamned elephant sitting over there in the corner of the room: Did the Trump campaign actually plan with Russians during the campaign in 2016, or were they just a bunch of fools who kept running into Russians in …

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Fraudulence of the Fiscal Hawks

In 2011, House Republicans, led by Paul Ryan, issued a report full of dire warnings about the dangers of budget deficits. “The United States is facing a crushing burden of debt,” it declared, warning of a looming fiscal crisis that might soon “capsize” the economy. Citing the horrors of big …


An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …


A hedge fund manager who makes a killing when stocks go haywire told us there's about to be a market avalanche

LONDON - Feedback loops hidden within the structure of global markets are creating the conditions for an "avalanche" in equities, Jerry Haworth, CEO of London-based hedge fund 36 South, said in an interview.<p>"I think the market is structurally unstable," Haworth, whose fund profits from market …


Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name

Four terms that may capture the moment, each implying a different danger<p>Donald Trump’s first official State of the Union address—which seems as if it happened back in the 19th century, but in reality is five days in the past—highlighted something that was implicit in his campaign and increasingly …

Political Science
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The Political Mythbuster in Chief

Donald Trump prides himself on destruction. He smashes conceptions and breaks traditions. In doing so without suffering any significant consequences, he has made it more difficult for Americans to continue to delude ourselves with fairy tales about our collective values and to indulge in comforting …

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