Robin Bennett Liggins

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President Trump's enemies list

The president remembers every political slight — and the politicians who abandoned him during the 'Access Hollywood' scandal.<p>Donald Trump is less than six months into his presidency, yet one of the organizing principles of his political operation is already becoming clear: payback.<p>In private, Trump …

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. The NAACP-Legal Defense …

Government

Coffee vs. Tea: Pros, Cons and How to Drink Them Best

A colleague recently came to me asking what’s better: coffee or tea? She told me that she (a coffee drinker) and her boyfriend (more of a tea guy) …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

From arid deserts to lush forests, America's landscape is as varied as it is stunning.<p>Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.

No, Trump isn’t the next Hitler: But his real historical comparison is still scary

A tycoon dilettante with a “straight shooting” style who mainstreamed repugnant racist views? Sounds familiar<p>If I were still in a mood to make jokes about the Trump campaign I’d say the makers of “Allegiance” and “The Man in the High Castle” both owe Donald Trump money for free publicity.<p>The …

White killers go to Burger King: Race, Planned Parenthood and our diseased white privilege

White shooters live and maybe get a Whopper on the way to jail. Black suspects don’t get the same royal treatment<p>Privilege consists of unearned advantages. Privilege is a system of power relationships. And privilege consists of all of the inconveniences, challenges and opportunities denied that a …

Fox News host hijacks American history: Inside the deceptive & Islamophobic revisionism of Brian Kilmeade

According to Brian Kilmeade, American history is one long war against Islam. Only problem: He’s dead wrong<p>Another book has been issued by another popular right-wing personality in an effort to construct a narrative framing virtually the whole of American history as a war against Islam.<p>"Fox & …

Pope Francis invokes the notorious Borgias amid Vatican scandal over sex and spying

Fresh from his triumphant six-day trip to Africa, Pope finds a Vatican mired in scandal over leaking of confidential documents to journalists<p>Pope Francis invoked the memory of the notorious Borgia family as he returned from his African trip to a Vatican that is mired in scandalous allegations of …

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)

Carrie Fisher Says She Was Pressured to Lose Weight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher says she was pressured to lose over 35 lbs. to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the highly anticipated <i>Star Wars: The Force …

NASA satellites reveal something startling about the future of food on Earth

And what better perspective than from space?<p>Climate change due to human activity is causing visible shifts on our planet, and NASA is uniquely positioned to observe these effects.<p>"If we continue on our current course, it's going to be hard to feed this planet because it's so hot," Ellen Stofan, …

There's a spectacular meteor shower happening this week

The universe has given us some spectacular light shows this year, but prepare for another: The Leonid meteor shower will peak this week.<p><b>Those in the US can expect to see about 15 meteors per hour from late Tuesday night through dawn on Wednesday, November 18.</b><p>The crescent moon will set before …

Researchers just unearthed a lost island in the Aegean

An ancient island where the Athenians and the Spartans battled in 406 BC has been discovered by an international group of geo-archaeologists.<p>The scientists, led by researchers from the German Archaeology Institute, examined underground rock layers from an Aegean Sea peninsula near Bademli village …

There are 6 quintillion gallons of water hiding in the Earth's crust

Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground: water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain or snow once again.<p>But the water that's above ground is just a fraction of our planet's total water story.<p>Hidden in the Earth's crust …

Water

Earth stole water and more from the young Moon

Earth may have stolen away water that would otherwise have gone to the moon.<p>New research suggests that after the impact that formed the Earth and its moon, our planet may have snatched up easily vaporized material known as volatiles, including water and other molecules. As the newly formed moon …

Cultivating Happiness In Your Life

There are many people in the world with amazing, magical qualities. I have my own, very special magical gift. I can, for a seemingly endless amount of time, re-play a bad experience over and over in my head . . .<p><b>I Gotta Grudge</b><p>It's almost like a loop tape, screening the same bad memory. Repeatedly. …

Top 7 Incredible Things Happening in Nature Right Now

Even amidst all the stories of global warming and the destruction that man has wrought on earth, nature always finds a way to amaze. If you spend the …

New Evidence Points To A Local Origin For Earth's Oceans

The origin of Earth’s water is a bit of a mystery. While water is common in our solar system, it’s much more common in the outer solar system, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Most of the worlds of the inner solar system are fairly dry. So how did Earth come to have large …

Earth Science

A Guide to White Privilege For White People Who Think They've Never Had Any

I can relate to you. You are usually the white person who grew up poor, often living a marginalized existence, who overcame economic barriers to achieve a modicum of success as an adult. Sometimes, you knew a lot of other Black or Latino poor people and you compare yourself and your outcomes to …

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Inside Gore Vidal’s Cliffside Palace of Sex, Scandal, and Celebrity

Susan Sarandon found out she was pregnant by the pool. Princess Margaret visited. Now Kevin Spacey will play Vidal in a biopic set in Rome and …

How to make a matcha latte, the healthy new coffee alternative people are obsessed with

Thanks to its many health benefits, matcha tea is a trendy new coffee alternative.<p>Matcha is essentially a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves, and one serving of matcha tea has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea, as well as 137 times more …

Shock Mars Pictures: Has a dinosaur been found on the Red Planet?

GETTYImages showing a "dinosaur head, alien, and space craft" have been found<p>So-called alien researchers scour through images beamed back by Nasa's …

Astronomers suggest that the Milky Way is not the most friendly place for life

However, the cosmos is vast and we don't really have any idea which bits of it are actually habitable.<p>But what if we could target the search? We have built the first-ever "cosmobiological" model mapping the galaxies in our local universe to help us understand which ones are habitable.<p>Surprisingly, …

Mission culminates in images of former ninth planet that show mountain ranges of ice and suggest surface has recently been ‘paved over’ by geological activity<p>For 85 years, it was little more than a featureless grey blob on classroom maps of the solar system. On Wednesday night, Pluto was revealed …

Solar System

NASA heads to Europa to seek life… in 7 years

Let’s get real about the NASA Jupiter moon Europa mission just given the thumbs-up by the White House yearly budget this week. While the news is …

Space Science

'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee to publish second novel

The new novel Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's first for 55 years, features Scout as an adult woman and, in the author's words, is 'a pretty decent effort'<p>It may be the most unexpected sequel in the history of publishing. Harper Lee, the author who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird then maintained 55 …

Literature