Tracy Stokes

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Congress Is So Hated, No One Cares Who Wins the Midterms

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Half of Americans believe it doesn't matter which party is in control of Congress following the 2014 …

SCOTUS on money and politics

The latest Supreme Court decision on campaign finance rules is being alternately hailed and criticized as a game changer that will open a gusher of new money into politics.<p>But it’s not so simple.<p><i>McCutcheon, et al. v. Federal Election Commission</i> removes another limit to campaign finance donations, …

Ted Cruz just doomed the GOP — but not in the way you think

He won a small battle with his debt limit gambit, but also made the GOP’s extortion tactics much harder. Here’s why<p>Last week the seams holding together factions of the Republican party burst open once again. And once again, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was the guy scraping at them with a scalpel.<p>He …

Keystone review mutes environmental concerns, raises pressure on Obama

The long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline got a major boost on Friday as a key State Department review raised no major environmental concerns, muting pipeline foes' main argument and raising pressure on the Obama administration to make a final decision.<p>Republican supporters said the report should …

Satanic goat statue gets support from an unlikely place

A Satanic Temple’s controversial monument has freaked plenty of Christians out. But not all Christians, apparently<p>How about this for some interfaith solidarity? Even Christians are supporting an effort to install a statue of Satan in Oklahoma, according to a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, who …

Scathing Yelp Review Could Cost Woman $750K

It’s the one-star review that could end up costing one woman as much as $750,000.<p>This morning, jurors are hearing testimony from Christopher Dietz, a …

Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South?

Upward mobility has stayed the same the past 50 years despite skyrocketing inequality. But it's lower in the South (and Ohio) than anywhere else in the U.S.—or the rest of the developed world.<p>Flickr: Sasha Y. Kimel<p>The top 1 percent aren't killing the American Dream. Something else is—if you live in …

How to Save the Senate

Lyndon B. Johnson is usually remembered as a man who knew how to get his way. But looking at LBJ’s reign as party leader in the Senate, it’s important to recall how the story ended.<p>After eight years of iron-fisted rule, Democrats had had enough of Johnson’s ways. And when the time came to replace …

This Funny World Map Shows What Every Country Leads The World In

A wonderful map created by William Samari, Ray Yamartino, and Rafaan Anvari of DogHouseDiares illustrates what every country does better than every other country.<p>They collected the information from various sources and sprinkled in some quirkier rankings since many countries led the world in …

Divorce mediator wants to help Hill

Strange solutions have been proposed before to get members of Congress to get along , but this time, a divorce mediator thinks she could help. —<p>Carol Bailey has handled family disputes for decades in her work as a lawyer at Seattle’s Integrative Family Law, and she’s applying her vocation to ease …

Clemency, pardons: 10 facts to know

The New York Times editorial board on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to show National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden leniency and work out a deal to bring him home, saying he is a whistleblower, even advocating “some form of clemency”. Here are some facts about the presidential power …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

'Do-nothing' Congress on track for one of the least productive years ever

It's not quite a "do nothing" Congress – but it's not far off.<p>With only a handful of remaining legislative days on their calendar, this current Congress is on track to go down as one of the most unproductive in modern history.<p>The paltry number of bills Congress has passed into law this year paints …

'Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

<b>Archaeologists digging at Buddha's birthplace have uncovered remains of the "earliest ever Buddhist shrine".</b><p>They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.<p>The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his …

The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all.<p>You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists …

Psychology

Privatization is undoing Brown v. Board of Education

Our school system is increasingly “separate and unequal” — and we have Michelle Rhee’s political allies to thank<p>Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast called the public school system a "socialist regime." Michelle Rhee cautions us against commending students for their 'participation' in sports …

A White Candidate Won An Election In Houston By Implying He Was Black

The unorthodox campaign for a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees revolved around campaign mailers that "strongly implied he was black," according to the network.<p>The mailers featured "smiling African-American faces — which he readily admits he just lifted off websites — and …

Low-Skilled Mexican Immigrants Are Making The US Labor Market More Efficient

This is good for an economy that often has a surprising number of jobs that go unfilled.<p>The authors, Brian Cadena of the University of Colorado- Boulder and Brian Kovak from Carnegie Mellon University found that between 2006 to 2010, in towns where the Great Recession had caused unemployment of …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

<i>For more of our reporting on this story, please see our work in</i> The New York Times Magazine <i>and on</i> This American Life<i>.</i><p>A couple of months ago, we reported on a charity called GiveDirectly that's trying to help poor people in the developing world in an unusual way: by sending them money with no …

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?

For some time now, we have known the basic outline of the story of “dude.” The word was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young …

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Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree

A couple of Louisiana Walmart stores will be stuck with most of the bill after food stamp recipients went on a colossal shopping spree when a power …

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

No More Panda Cam: How The Government Shutdown Will Affect Things We Care About

What happens to science and technology when we shut it all down?<p>If absolutely nothing goes as planned, the U.S. government will shut down tonight at midnight. Among other things, the forced absence of government will affect science and technology. Here's how:<p>**NASA: Everything But The ISS. **NASA …

Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'

When the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn't challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down.<p>The administration's position, complained one Colorado congressman, was tantamount to allowing states to opt out of the federal …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

Will the law ever protect whistle-blowers?

When it comes to leaking classified material, we have plenty of statutes but no uniform rule applied impartially<p>The law is the law! A 54% majority of Americans may approve of Edward Snowden’s sensational leak about the National Security Agency’s indiscriminate surveillance – but just as many think …