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Why Russia Won't Catch Up in the Space Race

It’s a hard fact of exploratory history that angry people don’t achieve much in space. You have to be patient when you design your rockets, …

Space Exploration

Some hospital costs fall in Affordable Care Act's first year, report finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Days ahead of the one-year anniversary of the rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange website that was originally plagued with numerous technical glitches, the Department of Health and Human Services has released a report highlighting the impact of the law …

Ohio Walmart CCTV captures John Crawford shooting - video

<b>Exclusive:</b> Tressa Sherrod says the officer’s account of John Crawford’s death in Ohio store does not tally with surveillance footage<p>Published: 29 Sep 2014<p>Family of John Crawford, man shot dead by police while holding an unloaded BB rifle, say call was a ‘bunch of lies’<p>Published: 26 Sep 2014<p>Sean …

If only American kids could eat school lunches like they do in France

Compare these meals. Now see if you can guess which country is facing an obesity epidemic?<p>Clarissa A. León<p>September 9, 2014 9:31pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. While …

Number Of Homeless Vets Sleeping On Street Drops Nearly 40 Percent In 4 Years

Thousands of homeless veterans have found stable housing in recent years, thanks to federal, state and local initiatives combating the crisis.<p>According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and Department of Housing …

Another Ferguson police officer is being sued, this time for brutalizing a 12-year-old

<b>(Carl Ballou via Shutterstock)</b><p>Officer Justin Cosma reportedly “choked [the boy] around the neck and threw him to the ground”<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>August 25, 2014 8:33pm (UTC)<p>Yet another lawsuit implicates a Ferguson police officer in an incident of brutal misconduct. Justin Cosma, the officer in question, …

Al Sharpton does not have my ear: Why we need new black leadership now

<b>Rev. Al Sharpton (AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>Here’s how the Rev’s limitations were on display yesterday — as he stood in a pulpit over Mike Brown’s casket<p>Brittney Cooper<p>August 26, 2014 3:15pm (UTC)<p>Racial politics in the U.S. is beholden to the space of black death. On Monday, Michael Brown’s family, friends …

6 numbers that tell you everything you need to know about America’s busted priorities

If you’re wondering why wages are stagnating and inequality is on the rise, look no further<p>Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements …

Bill O’Reilly gets schooled on white privilege by Megyn Kelly

<b>Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly (Fox News)</b><p>Megyn Kelly, who once insisted Santa Claus is white, is surprisingly on-point when it comes to systemic bias<p>Elias Isquith<p>August 26, 2014 2:02pm (UTC)<p>When Bill O'Reilly had fellow Fox News host Megyn Kelly on his show Monday night to discuss white privilege, …

Beyond Ferguson: 5 glaring signs that we’re not living in a post-racial society

<b>Protesters at Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcom X Park, Aug. 14, 2014 in Washington, to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. (AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>Privileged pundits love to insist that race is no longer a factor in American life. The numbers say they’re …

What America Can Learn From Berlin's Struggle to Face Its Violent Past

The city of Berlin had a particularly gruesome 20th century: World War I, the Holocaust, World War II, the Berlin Wall. And within the city you’ll …

Two abducted Amish girls, 7 and 12, safe and unharmed

A man and a woman have been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand in northern New York State earlier this week, authorities are saying.<p>Stephen Howells, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, of Hermon, N.Y., …

US couple could face death penalty over 'premeditated murder' in Bali

An American couple arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali in connection with the death of the woman’s mother could face charges of premeditated murder carrying a maximum penalty of death, police said on Saturday.<p>Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, both from Chicago, …

Michael Brown Killing: Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas Amid Looting

Armored vehicles rolled back onto the streets of Ferguson early Saturday, as riot police faced off with looters in the Missouri town gripped by protests since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen.<p>The violence broke the brief period of calm that had settled over Ferguson, Missouri, …

This has always been America: Ferguson and our dangerous delusions on race and democracy

<b>(AP/Salon)</b><p>We believe we’re the world’s champion of freedom. In reality, we torture, invade, violate rights, stop and frisk…<p>Aaron R. Hanlon<p>August 16, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>Politicians both left and right turn to the troubling doctrine of American exceptionalism to justify unilateral military …

Think Sgt. Bergdahl Should Have Rotted in Afghanistan? Think Again

This complex case shines a light on a basic tenet of U.S. military code: Nobody is left behind<p>Not long after the September 11 attacks, a tap on my shoulder awoke me in the middle of the night. I rolled out of my sleeping bag and walked out of the mud hut to do my business in the putrid pit dug into …

US tells armed group in DRC to surrender or face 'military option'

Barack Obama's special envoy to central Africa has warned an armed group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that it has months to surrender or face "the military option".<p>Speaking at the US president's summit with African leaders in Washington, Russell Feingold said there was a "tremendous …

Poll: Majority of Americans feel their representative is part of the problem

<b>Washington (CNN) –</b> Note to Congress: Your constituents are turning on you.<p>For the first time, a majority of Americans said they disapproved of their representative and thought they were part of the problem in Washington, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll out Tuesday. The poll found that 51% …

Jewish Lawmaker Has Advice For House Republican Who Sent Him A Bible

The advice of Congressman Brad Sherman (D-California) to Palazzo: Try scripture with a larger font size for the more elderly lawmakers.<p>"What Steve may not have focused on is many members of Congress are over age 60, and the ability of the bald caucus to read print this small is questionable," …

Navy Vet Turned Teacher Simulates Homelessness For A Month To Raise Awareness, Funds

Thomas Rebman said spending a month living as if he were homeless was the hardest thing he has ever done -- a profound statement coming from a veteran of the U.S. Navy.<p>The 53-year-old Florida middle school teacher spent a month on the streets and in shelters in Orlando to raise awareness on the …

Camp helps dyslexic students achieve

Dawn Nieman saw a need 15 years ago to help students overcome a common learning disability called dyslexia. She's still at it today and says that …

Must-see morning clip: Colbert slams Fox News for pretending to care about child refugees

<b>(Screenshot, Comedy Central)</b><p>“It’s a tough love…or a very soft hate”<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>July 18, 2014 2:01pm (UTC)<p>Stephen Colbert detects just a hint of irony in the conservative media's treatment of the thousands of Central American children crossing the U.S. border, which goes something like this: “This …

Sorry, Sarah Palin, House Conservatives Don’t Think Obama Should Be Impeached Either

“If you’re go­ing to im­peach a pres­id­ent of the United States you need to do it right. And it’s already Ju­ly.”<p>Pres­id­ent Obama will not be …

America’s seafood nightmare: Why the USA needs to rethink its fish

<b>(Terence Mendoza via Shutterstock)</b><p>Paul Greenberg, bestselling author of “Four Fish,” takes on the bizarrely illogical global seafood chain<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>July 5, 2014 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Why are we importing our own fish? That's the question posed by Paul Greenberg, author of the bestselling "Four Fish," in …

‘Congresswoman!’: Sparks Fly When Neil Cavuto Calls Out Michele Bachmann Over Obama Lawsuit ‘Charade’

Fox News host Neil Cavuto got into a testy exchange with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Wednesday over a new lawsuit filed by the U.S. house against the Obama administration for executive overreach. Cavuto called the lawsuit a “waste of time” and a “charade” while Bachmann argued President …

Report: How failed immigration reform screws American workers (in 3 visuals)

A new report published this week finds that Congress’ inability to pass immigration reform is screwing over American workers — both in terms of wages and employment.<p>“The hundreds of thousands of jobs — and millions more in wages — that could have been created for U.S.-born workers in the absence of …

How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence

The right loves to note that Obama hasn’t made black people wealthier. Maybe not materially. But in ways they can’t see, much has improved.<p>The data …

China treads carefully as it pursues influence

SHANGHAI (AP) — China is carrying on a high-stakes balancing act aimed at building influence and access to resources abroad without damaging ties …