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Republicans stunned to learn voters understand exactly what their tax cut did

The American public is, shall we say, less than perfectly informed about matters of politics and policy. For instance, people believe that foreign aid makes up a huge portion of the federal budget, when in truth it accounts for less than 1 percent of federal spending. Indeed, if voters were all …

Voting

NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repeal

FCC broke law by hiding net neutrality comment records, lawsuit alleges.<p><i>The New York Times</i> has sued the Federal Communications Commission over the …

Judiciary

Trump's attack on Kavanaugh's accuser creates a nightmare scenario for the GOP

After a week of reportedly taking the advice of his White House aides and treading carefully around sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court …

The White House

Collins 'appalled' by Trump's attack on Kavanaugh accuser

Sen. Susan Collins is "appalled" by President Donald Trump's tweet attacking the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, she told reporters in her home state Maine on Friday.<p>The moderate Republican senator, who is a key swing vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said …

Donald Trump

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise

The message is as clear as the beneficial outcomes: <i>Just look only at Trump. Keep your eyes fixated on him. Direct all your suffering, deprivations,</i> …

Bernie Sanders

NYC Home Sellers Are Cutting Prices Like It’s 2009—And Then Some

New York City’s home sellers, tired of waiting for buyers, slashed prices on almost 800 listings in a single week this month, the most in at least 12 …

New York City

WATCH: Trump-backing steelworker admits GOP tax cuts have only benefited his ‘assh*le’ boss so far

Erich Collins, an Iraq War veteran and current steelworker, supported President Donald Trump in 2016 — but he now fears that the president’s …

Iraq Veterans

Indicting Amazon, archbishop of Canterbury slams modern capitalism as ‘reincarnation of an ancient evil’

A diverse roster of politicians has demanded Amazon, the retail giant whose commercial aspirations seem without bounds, change the way it does business.<p>President Trump has repeatedly charged the company, whose owner, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Washington Post, with shirking tax responsibilities, …

Photojournalism

The Case Against Hudson Yards Dining

When the first phase of Hudson Yards opens for business next March, New York will have a brand-new dining neighborhood. Not just a new building with a handful of restaurants. Not just a food hall with a collection of vendors. An entire neighborhood, with a performing arts edifice, a Spanish market, …

Food & Dining

The Surprising Personality Type That Loves Being Alone (Hint: It's Not Introverts)

What is an introvert, really?<p>Among tendencies toward being more quiet, reserved, or even shy, one of the biggest qualities we associate with …

Personality

Time to Kill the Zombie Argument: Another Study Shows Trump Won Because of Racial Anxieties — Not Economic Distress

Do you remember “economic anxiety”? The catch-all phrase relied on by politicians and pundits to try and explain the seemingly inexplicable: the …

Voting

This Animation Shows The Sad Reality Of Our "Modern" Society

Steve Cutts is an illustrator and animator based in London, England. His artwork satirizes the excesses of modern society. His style is inspired by …

Animation

'No accident' Brett Kavanaugh's female law clerks 'looked like models', Yale professor told students

[Rubenfeld] told me, 'Kavanaugh hires women with a certain look'. He did not say what the look was and I did not ask Anonymous source<p>This is the first we have heard claims that Chua coached students to look ‘like models’. We will look into these claims Yale law school<p>A top professor at Yale Law …

Brett Kavanaugh

Wages Are Low and Workers Are Scarce. Wait, What?

The low unemployment rate and stagnant pay point to a depressed economy underneath.<p>Across the country, there are more jobs available than there are workers looking for them, as the unemployment rate has dropped to a nearly two-decade low. Businesses are complaining of worker shortages, arguing they …

Labor Economics

How to Find Good Private Channels on Roku

One benefit of the streaming player Roku is that it allows users to create their own private channels, sort of like how people can make playlists on …

Free-to-air

Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin: Two Brutal Murders in Iowa, Two Very Different Reactions

Celia Barquin Arozamena competes in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Shoal Creek, Alabama. Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn, Iowa, …

Iowa

The GOP's older voter problem

<i>James A. Barnes is a member of the CNN Decision Desk and co-author of the 2018 Almanac of American Politics</i>.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Is the GOP having a senior moment?<p>Late summer surveys by CNN and other organizations show senior voters tilting decisively towards Democratic congressional candidates. That would …

Voting

Republican Memo Admits Voters Oppose Republican Policies

Ted Cruz has forgotten about conservatism.<p>Ted Cruz is running for reelection in Texas trying to humanize himself by talking about basketball, and …

Ludwig von Mises

Trump-proof aspects of Manafort deal rankle lawyers

Robert Mueller seems to have built in safeguards to discourage the president from pardoning Manafort.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller’s plea agreement with Paul Manafort on Friday took unusual and possibly unprecedented steps to undercut President Donald Trump’s ability to pardon his former campaign …

U.S. Department of Justice

Universal basic income wouldn’t make people lazy–it would change the nature of work

Americans believe in the importance of a good day’s work. And so it’s understandable that the prospect of a universal basic income (UBI), in which the government would issue checks to cover the basic costs of living, rubs some people the wrong way. Writing in The Week in 2014, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry …

Universal Basic Income

There’s overwhelming evidence that the criminal-justice system is racist. Here’s the proof.

A couple years ago, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) gave a powerful speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Scott talked about how he had been repeatedly pulled over by police officers who seemed to be suspicious of a black man driving a nice car. He added that a black senior-level staffer had experienced …

Criminal Sentencing

Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating

In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump, wonders if he is fit to be president and claims that he offered to cheat for her in his reality TV show.<p>A copy of the book, Full Disclosure, was obtained by the Guardian. In it, …

Stormy Daniels

The Voice Behind One Of Hip-Hop's Most Famous Hooks

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's debut album, <i>It Takes Two</i>, was released 30 years ago this month. It contains one of the most defining singles in hip-hop, anchored by the unmistakable hook: <i>"It takes two to make a thing go right / It takes two to make it outta sight."</i> The epochal riff is a sample from Lyn …

Music

Stan Smith signed fans’ Stan Smiths while wearing Stan Smiths

It’s been a bit of a week for meta moments in fashion – first, Victoria Beckham got behind the tills at her London store, placing t-shirts featuring pictures of herself in a Victoria Beckham bag into Victoria Beckham bags for shoppers, before last night Stan Smith signed pairs of Stan Smiths while …

Victoria Beckham

Tanzania is about to outlaw online fact-checking

Earlier in 2018 Tanzania’s government, under the leadership of President John Magufuli, introduced a new law for social media and blogs which saw the introduction of license fees for anyone effectively running a website in Tanzania. This led to the suspension of several blogs including the popular …

Fact Checking

The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Europe Will Take Your Breath Away

Complete with fairy-tale castles, picturesque seaside retreats, otherworldly natural parks, and charming cities, Europe is full of striking places to …

National Parks

Trade negotiators are increasingly unwilling to entertain "corporate sovereignty" clauses

One of the most repugnant features of international trade agreements, from TPP to TTIP to CETA, is the "Investor State Dispute Settlement" (ISDS) …

CETA

Mystery Nunes event requires guests to submit to personal search, no cell phone photos

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, is expected to appear at an invitation-only event at a private residence in the Sanger area on Tuesday, according to the …

Devin Nunes

Birtherism for everyone: Kansas woman told birth certificate can't be used for passport renewal

With nativism and xenophobia on the rise, Americans are increasingly required to "prove" that they are actually Americans: whether it's at a border …

Birth Certificate