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It’s No Accident Americans Are Still Broke in a Booming Economy

A new study shows exactly how badly you're getting screwed, and why.<p>Populist appeals to Americans angry at their place in the world powered Donald Trump to the presidency. But even though Trump has spent his time in the White House pushing policies that benefit the monied classes as opposed to …

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Documentary Profiles Trump As The 'P.T. Barnum' Of Boasts And Bankruptcies

He's still "lying and creating false scenarios," the director of "Confidence Man" says.<p>A new Netflix documentary about Donald Trump characterizes him as a “P.T Barnum” carnival barker who hyped his reputation despite failed businesses and capitalized on an image as a powerful deal-maker on “The …

Don't Let Trump Fool You—He Doesn't Have an MBA from Wharton

President Donald Trump likes to brag about having gone to the Wharton School of Finance, a school known for their elite MBA program. As it turns out, …

If we lived in a functioning democracy, this would be a major scandal

The president is making millions and no one knows where the money is coming from.<p>Donald Trump may not think of himself, or his family, as …

Donald Trump

Michael Moore Trolls Trump By Promising to Frack Near Mar-a-Lago 

The key to effective trolling is understanding your target. Filmmaker Michael Moore clearly understands that Republicans only care about …

The Psychology of Inequality

Researchers find that much of the damage done by being poor comes from feeling poor.<p>In 2016, the highest-paid employee of the State of California was Jim Mora, the head coach of U.C.L.A.’s football team. (He has since been fired.) That year, Mora pulled in $3.58 million. Coming in second, with a …

Income Inequality

"You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House

Author and columnist Michael Wolff was given extraordinary access to the Trump administration and now details the feuds, the fights and the alarming …

Donald Trump

Wolff Book: Trump Is ‘Incapable of Functioning’ in His Job, Can’t Recognize Old Friends

In the second excerpt published from Michael Wolff’s new book, the journalist paints a portrait of a President Trump who is increasingly repeating …

The "Vicious But Brilliant Exploitation" That Drives Right Wing Economics

This month, Thea Lee took over as president of the Economic Policy Institute, America’s premier left-wing economic think tank. We spoke to her about …

Jim Clapper Just Nuked the Trump Presidency

Spy bosses are by nature the most tight-lipped of people. Those who head our intelligence agencies got there in no small part by knowing precisely …

Raising Taxes And Cutting Social Programs Led to Hitler and The Nazis, Study Says

A group of economic historians has found that austerity was at least partially responsible for the rise of the Nazi party in 1930s Germany. The …

The past year of research has made it very clear: Trump won because of racial resentment

Another study produces the same findings we’ve seen over and over again.<p>More than a year after President Donald Trump won the election, there are still some questions about what drove him to victory: Was it genuine anxiety about the state of the economy? Or was it racism and racial resentment?<p>Over …

America’s bitter divisions propel Brad Meltzer to launch a graphic novel about Gandhi

By Michael Cavna<p>, Writer/artist<p><b>BRAD MELTZER</b> was becoming deeply concerned about the tone of our national discourse. It was a toxic form of crosstalk that he believed needed visual antidote.<p>“The election was Bruce Wayne’s bat smashing through my window,” says Meltzer, the political-thriller novelist …

Donald Trump is directly profiting from being president, report finds

President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have spent more than $1 million at Trump-branded properties for political and fundraising events …

How Deutsche Bank Enabled A Dirty Offshore Bank To Move Dark Money

The German giant processed hundreds of millions of dollars of suspicious transactions into the US for a Cyprus bank awash with dirty money linked to the Kremlin, Syrian chemical weapons, organised crime, and ISIS.<p>Deutsche Bank facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions for a …

Trump, tribalism and the end of American capitalism

Trump managed to delude the white poor that their interest lies with the wealthy elite. This is killing US capitalism.<p>America's first businessperson in the White House is doing more to destroy the American capitalist system than any previous president.<p>A strong market economy needs a robust middle …

Revealed: The Secrets Of One Of The World's Dirtiest Banks And Its Powerful Western Protectors

Blatant forgery. Snarling guard dogs. Shredded evidence. Leaked documents reveal the farcical scramble inside one of the world’s dirtiest banks to conceal incriminating information – while some of the planet's most prestigious accountants and lawyers used their powers to keep the bank in …

Trump implies Sen. Gillibrand is a prostitute, adds Twitter attack for his assault victims

Donald Trump started the day with a demeanment 2-in-1 in which he waved off both the Russia investigation and the voices of the seventeen (and …

Trump Administration Is the Most Corrupt Government Institution in the United States, Americans Believe

In the year since Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington’s corruption, Americans have become more, not …

Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

The US has tried and failed to create a capital for another state before. "Israeli" Jerusalem will be the next Saigon.<p>US President Donald Trump is a great impersonator. Not a day goes by without his desperate effort to masquerade as human. Surrounded by faux gold and fawning fools from his earliest …

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by …

Surveillance

I study liars for a living. I've never seen one like President Trump

I spent the first two decades of my career as a social scientist studying liars and their lies. I thought I had developed a sense of what to expect …

Obama Warns Trump Will Lead America to Genocide Like Hitler, Media Yawn

In a friendly interview with CBS News financial analyst Mellody Hobson, President Obama suggested we could have an American genocide akin to what …

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars<p>The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion.<p>The Initiative on …

Lindsey Graham

Obama: Elect More Women 'Because Men Seem To Be Having Some Problems These Days'

It's time to put women in charge, the former U.S. president says.<p>Barack Obama said he believes more future leaders should be women.<p>The former U.S. president was in Paris over the weekend, speaking to a group of media leaders, financiers and academics known as Les Napoleons. During the speech, he …

Donald Trump

GOP Senator Implies Those Who Aren't Millionaires Waste Money On 'Booze, Women'

That's why the richest deserve a break on estate taxes, says Chuck Grassley.<p>In an astonishing defense of dropping “death taxes” for individual estates worth more than $5.5 million, GOP Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley implied that people not currently affected by that tax are “spending every darn penny ... …

Estate Tax

Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea Only Makes Tax Reform More Toxic

On Friday, one of the lowest moments of Donald Trump’s presidency was quickly followed by what is shaping up to be a crowning legislative …

The Self-Destruction of American Democracy

President Trump has single-handedly done more to undermine the basic tenets of American democracy than any foreign agent or foreign propaganda campaign could.<p>“Trump is a political weapon of mass self-destruction for American democracy — for its norms, for its morality, for sheer human decency,” …