Rhonda Oehmigen

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The Trump effect: New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism

Since the founding of the United States, politicians and pundits have warned that partisanship is a danger to democracy. George Washington, in his Farewell Address, worried that political parties, or factions, could "allow cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men" to rise to power and subvert …

Political Science

Slow Burn: An Eight-Episode Podcast Miniseries on the Unfolding of the Watergate Scandal

A crime was committed during a presidential campaign. Then came a cover up and other skullduggery. Finally, there was a resignation. Nope, we're not …

Amtrak collides with freight train in South Carolina, killing two, injuring more than 100

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday in South Carolina, killing two Amtrak personnel and injuring more than 100 others, authorities said.<p>The crash overnight caused the lead engine and some passenger cars to derail, Amtrak said in a …

South Carolina

Archaeologists Discover Extravagant Artifacts Hidden Beneath Rome’s Subway During Construction Of New Line

With a new line being built on Rome's subway, a wealth of treasures have been recovered.<p>Deep beneath the busy city streets of Rome are a treasure …

Who Is Sarah Chalke Playing In The ‘Roseanne’ Reboot? Both Beckys Are Back, But Not In The Way You Think

More details about the <i>Roseanne</i> revival have been revealed, and you'll want to be seated for this one, guys. In case you've been curious about who …

Mysterious ‘dinosaur’ shark caught, called a ‘living fossil’ by researchers

When the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck the Earth many millions of years ago it spelled doom for countless species, while allowing many others …

Hauntingly beautiful remnants of the Second World War

Picturing the unimaginable: a new look at the wreck of the Batavia

Before dawn on the morning of June 4 1629, the Batavia, a ship of the Dutch East India Company, struck a reef at the Abrolhos Islands, some 70 …

Is the American Idea Doomed?

Not yet—but it has precious few supporters on either the left or the right.<p>On May 5, 1857, eight men sat down to dinner at Boston’s Parker House hotel. They had gathered to plan a magazine, but by the time they stood up five hours later, they had laid the intellectual groundwork for a second …

Political Science

Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on return visit

The house-size asteroid that just passed by Earth, almost as close as many satellites in orbit, will be back -- and a future visit might lead to it taking up permanent residency here.<p>On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Asteroid 2012 TC4 safely passed by our planet at an altitude of 27,300 miles …

These photos show that car-crazy Los Angeles was once a public transportation paradise

This comprehensive public transit system lay dead for three decades before being brought back to life<p>They were stacked atop one another, rusting on …

15 Netflix hidden-gem horror movies for all you fear addicts out there (2017 edition)

Smell that air? Feel that brisk breeze? Wearing a jacket? That's right, dummy. It's October.<p>And <i>since</i> it's October, you want to watch horror movies, …

This massive Yellowstone earthquake destroyed a mountain and created a lake 190 feet deep

Dozens were killed, and a dam nearly gave way<p>Purley Bennett was camping with her family in West Yellowstone when she heard a great rumbling on the …

David Wisnia Survived Auschwitz and After Escaping Dachau, He Joined the 101st Airborne

<i>Screenshot/BuzzFeedVideo/YouTube</i><p>On September 1, 1939, 13-year-old David Wisnia awoke to the sound of planes flying over his home in Warsaw, Poland. …

The real-life scandal and shame behind Mona Lisa’s smile

Mona Lisa was famously unable to conjure up a fully joyous smile for Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps that’s because she was married off to a slave trader …

I'm a black daughter of the Confederacy, and this is how we should deal with all those General Lees

As monuments to the Confederacy are swept away from public spaces, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the president of the United States have been fretting over the so-called attack on history, presumably their history. Their white history.<p>Attack, assault, erasure, destruction — well, truth and …

Black History

The History of White Supremacy in America

The angry men marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend seemed alien to many Americans. They shouted “Blood and Soil,” imitating the …

This was a better week than you think for the United States

Boston’s 40,000-strong response to a planned alt-right rally marks a new nation-wide repudiation of both the Confederacy and racism.<p>I was supposed to …

Rights & Freedoms

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

Many of the images we associate with the plague actually depict leprosy or smallpox. In fact, there are very few images of the Black Death from the time of the scourge.<p>A few weeks ago, I reported a story about three cases of the plague in New Mexico. The bacterial illness pops up fairly regularly …

Why I Changed My Mind About Confederate Monuments

Empty pedestals can offer the same lessons about racism and war that the statues do.<p>Six years before it would become the inspiration for bloody protests, the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, was vandalized. The 2011 incident capped off my 11-year residency in the small …

Confederate Monuments

America’s Second Civil War

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! … No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops …

America's 'Confederate infrastructure:' Too big to hide, move or raze

Although a few communities are removing a few statues, the nation's Confederate memorial infrastructure — estates, plantations, battlefields, …

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election by embracing their shared nationalist impulses, departed the White House on Friday after a turbulent tenure shaping the fiery populism of the president’s first seven months in …

Donald Trump

The 48 Frantic Hours Before CEOs Broke With Trump

<i>Follow @bpolitics for all the latest news, and sign up for our daily Balance of Power newsletter.</i><p>Even before President Donald Trump began speaking at …

Donald Trump

After violence in Charlottesville, cities rush to take down monuments as white supremacists gear up to fight

The thousands of demonstrators have left Charlottesville, Va. The bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, around which the protests were focused, remained standing. A memorial service was being planned for the woman who was killed, and many of the 19 people injured remained in the hospital.<p>…

Rights & Freedoms

Charlottesville showed that liberalism can’t defeat white supremacy. Only direct action can.

The white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, a city that boasts “diversity makes us stronger,” made a lot of things clear. One of them is that generic solutions to the racial problem — bland affirmations of inclusiveness, tolerance and “free speech” — will no longer work. Indeed, they have never …

Rights & Freedoms

Every Page of This Artist’s Sketchbook is an Elegant Work of Art

Using her sketchbook as an “artist's diary,” Elena Limkina creates unique compilations of exquisite ink illustrations. With an eclectic taste in subject matter, the Moscow-based artist creates drawings of everything from animals to architecture, which cohesively co-exist as spreads in her …

Drawing

Leatherman's First Watch: A Time-Telling Toolbox

Leatherman adds one more function to its Tread multi-tool/bracelet: A watch face to tell time.<p><b>The Leatherman Tread, released in 2015, has small tools</b> …

Hillary Clinton ally: Her memoir will be a "bombshell"

Hillary Clinton's new memoir, which a longtime ally of hers has described as a "bombshell", will have a lengthy passage on how Russia's interference …

Hillary Clinton

Flights To Hawaii Are About To Get Super Cheap, And We’re Like, Byeeeee

Culture<p>Traveling This Summer? Shop Budget-Friendly Luggage<p>Culture<p>Go Somewhere Everyone On Instagram Isn’t Going This Summer—Poland<p>Culture<p>The Carry-On …