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White evangelicals fear the future and yearn for the past. Of course Trump is their hero.

White evangelicals saw in Donald Trump a president who could help them in their fight against diversity, abortion and the shrinking role of religion.<p>Donald Trump is about to name his second conservative Supreme Court justice now that Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Conservative evangelicals are …

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The Measure of Trump’s Devotion

On Memorial Day, as the nation turned to the president to lead its shared rituals of unity and common purpose, he revealed himself unequal to the office he holds.<p>Memorial Day is for the living: for those who mourn, for those who remember, for those who carry upon their bodies and souls the scars of …

As Michael Flynn pleads guilty, get ready for peak whataboutism

As breaking-news banners spread across television screens Friday morning, carrying word that former national security adviser Michael Flynn would plead guilty to lying to the FBI, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) questioned the media's priorities.<p>“I think that as far as the media goes, it takes up …

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Spare the outrage over Harvey Weinstein. These people voted for Trump.

The Post reports:<p>In a 2011 Post-ABC poll, 47 percent of Americans said they felt that sexual harassment in the workplace was a serious problem. That number has now risen to 64 percent. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say men who sexually harass female coworkers usually get away with it.<p>This surely …

A Nation of Snowflakes

The greatest threats to free speech in America come from the state, not from activists on college campuses.<p>The American left is waging war on free speech. That’s the consensus from center-left to far right; even Nazis and white supremacists seek to wave the First Amendment like a bloody shirt. But …

When white lives are at stake, society takes notice

<b>(CNN) —</b> The recent shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk by police officer Mohamed Noor in Minneapolis is a reminder of the problem of police violence and lethal force in that city and around the nation. This case comes only a month after a former police officer in a nearby suburb, Jeronimo Yanez, was …

Justice

A week that reveals how rotten today’s Republican Party is

President Trump has had more-scandalous weeks. He has had weeks with more bombshell bad-news stories. But no week has matched this one in revealing the moral and intellectual rot at the center of the GOP. Pandemic intellectual dishonesty and celebration of uncivilized conduct now permeate the party …

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Donald Trump and the "F" Word

Last week, a group calling itself Resist Fascism took out a full-page advertisement in the <i>The New York Times</i>, urging national resistance to the incoming Trump-Pence "regime." Signed by thousands of people, the statement did not mince words in portraying Donald Trump as a threat to democracy. "By …

Congressman Nadler Statement on Refusing to Participate In Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on his refusal to attend the inauguration of Donald …

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Tumult surrounds Trump days ahead of his presidency

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is four days away from assuming the presidency after one of the most tumultuous transitions in modern history, setting the stage for a rocky period of dramatic change, partisan acrimony and unpredictable results.<p>Trump will take office with far lower poll ratings than …

John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI

• Russian intelligence alleged to have compromising material on Trump<br>• ‘Unverified and potentially unverifiable’ reports published by BuzzFeed<p>Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian …

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Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

<b>(CNN) —</b> Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.<p>The …

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Here's How To Understand The Bombshell New Report On Trump And Russia

The claims in newly released opposition research documents aren't verified.<p>Top intelligence officials have briefed President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on claims that Russian spies have “compromising personal and financial information about Trump,” CNN reported Tuesday …

America: behold, your Snowflake-in-Chief | John Paul Brammer

It’s ironic that the alt-right’s insult of the moment applies above all to their hero, president-elect Donald Trump<p>If you’ve ever sat through a rightwing YouTube rant or spent five minutes on Twitter, you’ve likely heard the word “snowflake”. The term has supplanted the old standby of “social …

Five Immigrants And A Baby Arrested In NC Churchyard, Deported To Middle-East

Raleigh, NC: Goodyear Satire Co.--<p>Five Middle-easterners and a newborn were arrested today after they were discovered sleeping in a Raleigh churchyard with their livestock. Agents from Homeland Security are processing the immigrants for deportation.<p>The foreigners were camped on the lawn outside the …

Baby Jesus and the War on Christmas

<b>Christmas as a Microcosm of the Roots of Religion</b><p>Christmas and our popular obsessions with it have much to teach us about where religion really comes from. Even before Christianity transformed Yahweh into a three-headed deity, the God of Abraham had a split personality. The same God who lovingly …

Merry Christmas Mr. President-Elect: 10 Places You Can Nuke Starting January 20

What a lovely pre-Christmas present you gave us, these absolutely joyful "Messages of Peace" to the world to celebrate, in your unique way, the birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Certainly Jesus, himself, couldn't have said it any better than "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear …

Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.<p>But some of those attacks seem …

The Meaning of "The Meaning of Christmas"

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” <i>—</i><i>A Charlie Brown Christmas</i><p>Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you. But the answer involves a …

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

A neuroscientist on how we came to be aware of ourselves.<p>Ever since Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most important biological traits, consciousness, is rarely studied in the context of evolution. …

The GOP's Eve Of Destruction

The set up is a novelist's dream, a party chair's nightmare -- a mortally wounded presidential candidate reeling toward the nomination, guaranteed in November to drag the party and its candidates into an open grave. And this nightmare has a sequel: maddened by defeat, the party's factions scrape …

Five Great Alzheimer's Resources For Caregivers

It is estimated that 11 million Americans are currently providing care for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association, this group contributes somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 billion hours of care every year. That's an estimated cost of $220 billion …

Trump Wrongs the Right

From the October 19, 2015, issue of NR<p>It’s almost impossible to fathom what an unusual candidate Donald Trump is. Put aside his lack of political …

The Republicans Are Now Officially the Party of White Paranoia

ABC News published an intriguing poll the other day, one that spelled out a growing racial divide:<p>“Nonwhites see Trump negatively by a vast 17-79 …

Government

Demystifying the Trump Coalition: It's the Authoritarianism

Ever since Donald Trump surged to the lead in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination, pundits have struggled to understand the Trump phenomenon. His somewhat eclectic views - he's a conservative apostate on tax increases for the wealthy, for example - and the particular intensity of the …

This is your brain on Whiteness: The invisible psychology of white American ignorance explained

The contrast in media narratives about Baltimore and Waco are undeniable—but many white Americans are blind to them<p>Earlier this week, outlaw motorcycle clubs engaged in a daylight gun battle in Waco, Texas. This combat involved hundreds of people. The mall where the riot occurred was left …

10 Questions Answered About Fathers and Daughters

<b>1. How do daughters learn from their fathers? Are there lessons fathers are better able to teach than mothers?</b><p>More and more, fathers are treating their little girls like they might have treated sons in the past: teaching them to fish, taking them camping, familiarizing them with things like car …

Indiana Religious Freedom Bill: A Fictional Story

Two friends named Neal and Bob lived in Indiana and were very excited when Governor Mike Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. They had long wanted to open a restaurant but, being devout Christians, cared not to serve those who flaunt their sins. After all, you would …