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This Photo Captures Lava, Milky Way, Meteor, and Moon in a Single Shot

Adventure photographer Mike Mezeul II captured something truly extraordinary a couple of weeks ago. While hiking around Volcanoes National Park on …

Astronomy

Volkswagen, Audi accused of using software to cheat US diesel emissions tests

For years we've been praising Volkswagen's TDI vehicles for their excellent blend of driving performance and fuel efficiency, but a recent claim by the US Environmental Protection Agency asserts that VW's diesel emissions may not be as clean as we've been led to believe.<p>The EPA claims that illegal …

Here's Some Much-Needed Context For A Few Of The Things Said At The GOP Debate

Vaccines don't cause autism, and the 6th Fleet is actually doing OK.<p>Given the slew of drama, insults and Snapchats that came out of Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, it's easy to forget that the 10 men and one woman onstage also discussed actual policy issues. But indeed they did.<p>Lots was …

Jailed clerk called Christian hero in scene gay rights activists hoped to avoid

As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr Martin Luther King.<p>Around the country, other supporters reached for biblical heroes, comparing her to Silas and …

Back to school a time to combat education myths

It's now August, which means that most teachers are in full back-to-school mode. They have visited their local teacher school supply store or shopped …

Education

Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study

<b>The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.</b><p>The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.<p>The …

Rick Perry calls Charleston church shooting an 'accident'

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Friday suggested the fatal shooting of nine black people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white male was a drug-induced “accident”.<p>Rick Perry condemns Charleston shooting after earlier 'accident' remark<p>Read more<p>The former Texas governor …

Ted Cruz’s rainy day socialism: How a right-wing fanatic learned to stop worrying and love redistribution

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>When New Jersey was underwater, Cruz slammed federal relief spending. Now he’s asking for some of his own.<p>Bob Cesca<p>May 30, 2015 12:15pm (UTC)<p>For the first time ever, I agree with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Tex.. Specifically, as deadly floods drown parts …

Ted Cruz

The cheapest way to end homelessness is ridiculously simple, according to the largest-ever US study

And it turns out the best way to combat homelessness is to provide homes.<p>The study's focus was on Santa Clara County, California, home to the extreme wealth of Silicon Valley and the highest percentage of homelessness in the entire US.<p>The methodology is enough to make a social scientist swoon: …

Chicago police took 'hunting' photograph with black man as prey

An Illinois judge has released a long-concealed picture that shows two Chicago police officers posing over an unidentified black man in antlers while holding rifles as if he had been hunted.<p>The photo, which was given to police by federal prosecutors in 2013, was made public for the first time on …

These Portraits of Wounded Veterans Remind Us of the High Price They Paid

<i>Warning: This post contains photos of injured veterans that are difficult to view.</i><p>“The Unknown Soldier” is a powerful portrait project by …

These photographs helped integrate proms in Montgomery, Georgia

Teenagers in Montgomery, Georgia celebrated their fifth integrated prom this year – thanks, in part, to photographer Gillian Laub who spent 12 years documenting the town’s struggle to confront deep-seated racial tensions – and ended up transforming the town through her images.<p>In 2009, the New York …

If America Became a Christian Nation

Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt …

Baptist Church

The Vietnam War, as Seen by the Victors

How the North Vietnamese remember the conflict 40 years after the fall of Saigon<p>HANOI, VIETNAM—Forty years ago, on April 30, 1975, Nguyen Dang Phat experienced the happiest day of his life.<p>That morning, as communist troops swept into the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon and forced the U.S.-backed …

Vietnam

As NRA Meeting Opens in Nashville, Gun Deaths Surpass Vehicle Deaths in Tennessee

Another year, another NRA annual meeting, which each spring comes with its own set of questions teetering from the merely absurd to the truly grotesque.<p>Will the NRA reveal the findings of its "ethics investigation" into whether right-wing stalwart and NRA board member Grover Norquist is aiding …

See the American Civil War in Color Photographs

Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; at the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alexander …

War

Tom Cotton To Gays Of America: At Least You're Not Living In Iran

WASHINGTON -- Be grateful, gays of America. Instead of being potentially denied services at your local restaurant, you could be living in Iran, where they execute gays.<p>That warm comparison comes from freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the defense hawk who set off a firestorm of criticism last month …

A Tax Break for Millionaire Yacht Owners

The SS Giveaway steams into infamy in New York State.<p>How does a state find itself approving a tax exemption just for luxury yachts?<p>New York’s new budget bill includes an obscure provision, tucked inside section SS, exempting the portion of a boat’s price above $230,000 from the sales tax. That’s …

Will Californians Vote On Executing Gays and Lesbians?

Unless a court intervenes, the state will have to allow an attorney to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would authorize mass murder.<p>California has always done democracy a bit differently than most other states. Every other year, voters in the Golden State cast ballots not just for …

A look at the real-life consequences of repealing Obamacare

Kevin Drum, whose penetrating blog posts at Mother Jones are must-reading for anyone with a serious interest in economics and public policy, was diagnosed last year with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma cells. Since then, he has allowed his readers to traverse the healthcare landscape …

Health Care

Why Paralyzed Politics Are Making America More Unequal

The Senate has even more to answer for than we thought<p>One obvious problem for 21st-century America: the seeming zero-sum paralysis of our national-level governing system, illustrated most recently by the spectacle of the Congressional-Executive / Republican-Democratic tussling over the Iran …

50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1965

A half-century ago, the war in Vietnam was escalating, the space race was in full swing, the Rolling Stones were on a world tour, the bravery of those who marched to Selma led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and the St. Louis Arch was completed. The United States occupied the Dominican …

Ferguson removes city manager after damning Justice Department report

The city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, was removed from his job on Tuesday evening as the fallout grew from a damning report by the US Justice Department on the town’s administration.<p>John Shaw, who remained hidden from public view through months of upheaval after the fatal police shooting of an …

Justice

GOP Senate Letter Undercutting Nuclear Negotiations Has No Known Precedent in American History

Ever since Republicans published their letter trying to sabotage U.S. negotiations to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, right-wing pundits have searched in vain to find historic parallels for their action.<p>They have twisted themselves into knots trying to argue that past actions by …

This Is What Spring Break Looked Like in 1947

Caption from LIFE. Dancing by day to music of a portable radio, students shuffle through the soft footing. Most of them<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Peter …

Fort Lauderdale

A $2,500 tube of cold-sore cream? Now that stings

Jim Makichuk bought a 5-gram tube of Zovirax, a prescription cold-sore cream, a few years ago in Canada for $34.65. That was the over-the-counter price; no insurance involved.<p>He recently purchased a fresh 5-gram tube from a<p>Kaiser Permanentepharmacy in Los Angeles. It cost him $95, or nearly three …

Police Officers React to the Bad Behavior of Cops in Miami Gardens

Correspondence from readers in blue<p>After highlighting a scandal in Miami Gardens, Florida, where police officers arrested a man for trespassing dozens of times even though he was at his place of employment, I solicited insights from law-enforcement personnel in my readership. What did they make of …

What Americans Actually Think About Immigration

A poll of 40,000 people reveals that the areas of consensus are broader than many suspect.<p>On immigration reform, rhetoric has often been out of sync with public opinion. Despite roughly three-quarters of Americans supporting the goals behind President Obama’s executive action on immigration, …