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It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k!<p>While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of religious speculation, they are increasingly common among some of the leading scientists …

Singularity

Donald Trump will be a two-term president — unless the opposition can find a way to change America

Focusing on Trump's lies, or his personal flaws, won't get it done. We must change the American consciousness<p>Ongoing opposition to Donald J. Trump’s presidency continues a trend that began during the election campaign: a singular focus on the man and his foibles, as if those who supported him did …

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The vindication of Rachel Maddow

With the White House's release of a new tax plan, Maddow’s bombshell is more important than ever.<p>Under pressure to show some sign — any sign — that President Donald Trump’s administration hasn’t squandered its first 100 days in office, the White House yesterday released a one-page collection of …

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Why I banned “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and why we need it more than ever

I asked those who were quiet why they had obeyed. “A man with a gun told me to do something. So I did it”<p>A few years ago, I taught Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a humanities lecture at a small Midwestern university. On the first day we were scheduled to discuss the text, I …

Literature

President Trump boasts big rally attendance despite empty seats

Meanwhile, at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Hasan Minhaj roasted the president.<p>President Trump bragged about the size of the crowd at his …

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Trump, on television, yet again displays ignorance and incoherence. And no, that's not normal.

It is Sunday, the day devoted to hosting administration officials on the teevee so that they may lie repeatedly to you. Today the task was performed …

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Taxes are higher than ever! Whites face discrimination! How do we combat alternative reality?

Conservatives' false beliefs about race and economics are related — understanding how is crucial to defeating them<p>“Alternative facts” are bad enough, but we’re facing something far more serious: Alternative worldviews in which up is down, future is past and all bets are off. Simply reacting to the …

Discrimination

How Childhood Stress Can Knock 20 Years Off Your Life

There is a scene in James Redford’s new film, Resilience, in which a paediatrician cites a parental misdeed so outmoded as to seem bizarre. “Parents …

Parenting

“Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”: Samantha Bee comes out stinging in a funny, freewheeling live special

The "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" celebrated journalism while taking shots at CNN, Fox and Trump<p>In addition to singing the praises of legitimate journalism, TBS’s broadcast of the “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” highlighted the sanctity of truth over the Trumpian concept …

White House Correspondents' Dinner

Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about the health care bill he’s pushing

In an interview about his first 100 days, Trump is confused about what the health care bill includes.<p>In an interview with <i>Face The Nation</i>’s John …

Health Care

If Hillary pulled the same stuff Trump does

If Hillary Were President & pulled the same stuff Trump does<p>x<p>There's no arguing this. My fellow conservatives would be psychotic with rage if this …

Elections

Young Democratic Socialists Are Making Progress in Local Elections

Municipal races are a beacon of hope for progressives; Obama’s $400,000 speech is more evidence democrats are out of touch; and there’s still may be …

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The Right Way to Amend the Constitution

John NicholsThe U.S. Constitution should be amended to defend democracy.It needs:

Government

How a Supermarket Sales Gimmick Has Become a Major Driver of Climate Change

“Sell by.” “Use by.” “Best by.” These terms and their many variations have probably caused you to toss perfectly good food just because the date on …

Sustainability

The art of rock ‘n’ roll belongs to the Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company didn't invent rock's aesthetic, but their look is as legendary as the songs<p>There is a massive retrospective exhibit on the history of the Rolling Stones currently touring the world with the perfect name: “Exhibitionism.” I visited the Chicago installation …

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WATCH: “Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech” Hasan Minhaj roasts the president and his administration at White House correspondents’ dinner

"Daily Show's" Hasan Minhaj blasted Donald Trump for not attending<p>President Trump chose not to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night, but that didn’t save him from being roasted by “Daily Show” comedian Hasan Minhaj. As host of the evening Minhaj joked about …

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Trump declares ‘Obamacare is dead’ in Sunday morning Twitter frenzy

President Donald Trump was up to his early morning Twitter hijinks on Sunday, declaring that “Obamacare is dead,” and saying his “healthcare plan in …

Health Care

Trump Complains CBS Show Is 'Deface The Nation' After John Dickerson Calls Out Policy Reversals

The president of the United States slurred a CBS News program by calling it "Deface the Nation" during an interview that was broadcast over the …

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Koch Industries spent part of $3.1 million to help confirm Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, filings show

Corporate lobbyists continue to flood Washington<p>Corporate lobbyists wanted to ensure that President Trump’s nominees would make it through their Senate confirmation hearings despite public outcries. So naturally, they spent quite a bit of money to help their political wishes come true.<p>Koch …

Climate

The NRA and Trump are teaming up to go after the media

The first amendment took a back seat to the second at the gun lobby’s annual meeting.<p>ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Until November, it was easy for the National …

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North Korea

By Nick AndersonRelated Entries• April 29, 2017 Officials Detain Undocumented Immigrant as an Adult on His 18th Birthday, Law Firm Reports<br>• April 29, …

Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been a big success — at least when it comes to vicious racist policies

Amid all the failures, Trump can claim a big win: He has pursued overtly racist policies that will shape our future<p>President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been defined by failure. After signing a flurry of Congressional Review Acts that will accomplish key goals like poisoning streams and …

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Troops everywhere: Inside America’s expanding war-fighting footprint in Africa

Secret U.S. Military documents reveal a constellation of American military bases across that continent<p>General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy. “I would just say, they are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a …

War

The press struggles to finally break its “populist” habit for Trump

The whole Trump’s-a-populist trope has been a media mess for more than a year now<p>Like smokers trying to quit a pack-a-day habit, some journalists are finally trying to drop the long-running practice of portraying President Donald Trump as a “populist.”<p>Sparked specifically by Trump’s blatant …

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Schools, lies and Donald Trump: Teachers must resist emulating our fact-challenged president

Teachers shouldn't avoid controversial topics, including our president. But we can't present opinion as fact<p>In 1951, Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey warned public school teachers against discussing “controversial issues” that weren’t controversial at all. “I know from my own teaching experience how much …

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White House is considering making it easier for Trump to sue journalists

“It’s something that we’ve looked at.”F<p>White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus said on Sunday that the Trump administration has “looked at” making …

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An ER doctor’s final frontier: Tricorders could be coming to a sick bay near you

Meet the man working on a "Star Trek"-inspired medical device that could help patients diagnose themselves<p>Years ago, emergency room physician Dr. Basil Harris realized that a lot of the patients he was treating weren’t coming in with the kinds of severe trauma that ERs were designed for, such as …

Star Trek

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland: the civil rights activist you may not know about

“An Ordinary Hero” is the amazing true story of one woman’s courage to help change the world. By the time she was 19 years old, legendary civil …

Black History

Ayelet Waldman's Resistance Reading

Claire LewisWe asked a range of authors, artists, and poets to name books that bring solace or understanding in this age of rancor. Two dozen or so …

Books

The 100 days that turned America upside down

Trump, promised to disrupt the country. He has — and more.<p>“Don’t you want God to show up and say He’s kidding?” Louis C.K. asked Stephen Colbert on <i>The Late Show</i> a couple of weeks back.<p>Of course we do. Instead, during these past 100 days, God seems to have doubled down on the prank. Although …

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