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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trump May Be the End of the World As We Know -- But For Some Evangelicals That's Just Fine

By Nelle Smith, Religion Dispatches

If you’re eager to get Armageddon over with and move on to heaven? Well, Donald J. Trump seems as good a choice as any.

Here's How James Comey's Favorite Theologian Helps Explain the Decisions He Made

By Christopher Beem, The Conversation

The controversial figure's new book further highlights the influence.

CNN's Anthony Bourdain 'Disarmed' in Trump Country

By Sarah Burris, Raw Story

The chef turned food critic has visited such far-flung places as Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, the Congo and Gaza, but the opening of this latest season left him “disarmed.”

Scott Pruitt Wants to Stop the EPA from Using Science When Setting Regulations

By Mark Sumner, Daily Kos

The secretary continues his attempt to destroy the department.

Watch: Fox’s Stuart Varney attacks Bernie Sanders' job guarantee plan

By , Media Matters

Bernie Sanders wants the minimum wage to go up to at least 15 bucks an hour.

'Breeding Concept': Trump Using the Language of White Supremacists Is No Coincidence Because He Is One

By Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos

Trump uses this kind of language to strip his targets of their humanity.

Fox News Columnist Calls Out Evangelicals For 'Unaccountable Devotion' To Trump

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

'No one can serve two masters.'

'Pot Is Over': Cheech & Chong Tell Stephen Colbert They've Moved On -- To More Illicit Substances

By Charlie May, Salon

The legendary stoner duo said marijuana became too mainstream.

These Five States Lead the Nation in Marijuana Arrests

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

More than half a million marijuana arrests were made in 2016.

Our Long National Nightmare May Soon Be Over -- Here's Why

By , History News Network

A history professor explains: With 15 months down in the Trump Presidency, the chance of his leaving in the next 14 months at the most is on the horizon.

How IBM Is Quietly Pushing Out Older Workers

By Ranjani Chakraborty and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica

IBM has targeted its older U.S. employees for layoffs.

You Don't Have To Go To War To Be Stricken With PTSD

By Mary Elizabeth Wililams, Salon

A hospitalization set off a crisis I was unprepared for

'You Know Michael the Bullsh*t Definitely Will': Watch Seth Meyers Predict How Michael Cohen Will Flip

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

'Of course Trump assumes most people will lie to get out of trouble because he’s always lying to get out of trouble'

Trump Nearly Brought the U.S. to War with North Korea—Until Mattis and Kelly Intervened: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

In a new profile of H.R. McMaster, a New Yorker reporter says that Trump asked for a plan that would have put the U.S. on "war footing" with North Korea.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A History Professor Explains Why Trump's Presidency Appears to Be Reaching Its End

By Ronald L. Feinman, History News Network

The president's administration is in worse shape than even critics expected.

Trump Nearly Brought the U.S. to War with North Korea—Until Mattis and Kelly Intervened: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

In a new profile of H.R. McMaster, a New Yorker reporter says that Trump asked for a plan that would have put the U.S. on "war footing" with North Korea.

Mueller Views Trump's 'Dangling Pardons' as Potential Obstruction of Justice, Legal Analyst Says

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president is talking about pardons an awful lot in recent days. There may be a reason for that.

Trump's Pick to Lead VA is Beset by Misconduct Allegations Including 'Excessive Drinking' and a 'Hostile Work Environment': CBS

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"We’re going to vet him. The Trump administration doesn’t do a particularly good job,” Sen. Sherrod Brown said.

Robert Reich Takes American CEOs to Task for Their 'Shameful Silence' on Trump

By Robert Reich,

Corporate leaders are ignoring a basic civic duty.

Watch Trump Accuser Corroborate Stormy Daniels' Story in Live Appearance with Prominent Feminist Lawyer

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The adult film actor Jessica Drake said she's coming forward now because "women deserve to be heard and believed."

Florida Student Hasn't Faced Disciplinary Action After Posting Horrifying Racist Prom Proposal on Snapchat

By Dominique Jackson, Raw Story

Members of the community are demanding more action.

Progressive U.S. Senate Candidates Are in Short Supply in the Midterm Elections

By Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute

It wasn't easy, but we found three promising candidates to pay attention to during the primaries.

White House Secretly Suggests the EPA's Scott Pruitt May Be on His Way Out: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The EPA administrator has faced an onslaught of allegations of corrupt behavior.

Right-Wing Parents Are Now Freaking Out About Their Children's Comprehensive Sex-Ed Classes

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Hate groups are trying to terrify parents into embracing their bigoted agendas.

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Explains Why He Thinks Trump Will Resign Before His Term Is Up

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"I've had a number of predictions in this case — I don't think I've been wrong yet."

Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders Double Down on a Possible Pardon for Michael Cohen

By Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

She decidedly refused to rule it out.

Trump's Moscow Travel Records Contradict His Story in James Comey's Memos: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

He apparently told the FBI director he never stayed overnight in Moscow. The documents say otherwise.

Fox News Is Acting Like Sean Hannity's Personal PR Firm Instead of Addressing His Glaring Breach of Ethics

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

The host is openly violating the basic ethical norms of his profession.

Why Are National Parks So White If They Belong to All of Us?

By Angela Fichter,

Public lands have a troubling history.

Is 'A Quiet Place' Actually a Window Into a Growing Cultural Problem?

By Matthew Jordan, The Conversation

Sound isolation is being fetishized.

This Is How We'll Survive After Robots Have Taken Our Jobs

By Gideon Rosenblatt, YES! Magazine

It's all about ownership.

Could This Device End the Use of Animals in Medical Research?

By Peggy Cunniff, Independent Media Institute

An "organ-on-a-chip" could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history.

Here's Why 1 in 5 College Students Struggle with Anxiety or Depression

By David Rosenberg, The Conversation

From prescription drugs to technological dangers, students face a host of contributing factors.

A Lot More of Us Are Committing Serious Crimes Than You Might Think

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

It may not be “American carnage," but Americans aren’t saints either according to a 2,000 person survey.

Country Singer Shania Twain Mocked Online After Trying To Take Back Trump Endorsement: 'You Don't Impress Us Much'

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

On Sunday night, Twain took to Twitter to take back her Trump endorsement and apologized to fans whom she may have offended.

An Expert In Religious Imagery Argues That What We See On Film Has Deep Cognitive Impact -- Especially In Small Children

By , The Conversation

Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people, including constructions of race.

Reporter Suri Crowe Told the Truth About Climate Change — so Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting Showed Her the Door

By Mark Sumner, Daily Kos

Climate change wasn’t the only reporting done by Crowe were she ruffled the feathers at Sinclair.

Waffle House Shooter Travis Reinking Should Not Have Had the AR-15 He Used To Kill Four People

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Travis Reinking’s guns were confiscated — but he had them, thanks to a loophole

Ex-federal Prosecutor Explains Why Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Has Only One Reason To Protect the President

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Former US Attorney Mimi Rocah said there's only one reason Cohen might risk a lengthy prison term to protect his longtime boss.

'The Evidence Suggests Trump Is a Traitor': Pulitzer-winning Reporter David Cay Johnston

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

An investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi

Trump’s Tweets ‘Created a Stir’ At Barbara Bush’s Funeral: Report

By Sarah Burris, Raw Story

President Trump stepped in it. Again.

Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights

By Annie Waldman, ProPublica

The U.S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over.

Senate Approval of Mike Pompeo's Secretary of State Nomination Would Spell Disaster for Planet Earth

By Stephen Miles, Erich Pica, Independent Media Institute

Making a Koch-supported climate denier the top U.S. diplomat is sheer lunacy.

Has Donald Trump Made the World Less Safe for Jews?

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The virus of white nationalism is spreading, warns "(((Semitism)))" author Jonathan Weisman.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Trump Flips Out on NBC's Chuck Todd for Exposing 'Art of the Deal' President as a Lousy Negotiator

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Trump positioned himself as the "Art of the Deal" author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false.

Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression?

By Johann Hari, Salon

A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions

How Philip K. Dick Redefined What It Means To Be (In)Human

By , The Conversation

I think, therefore I am human?

Trump Lost His Battle With Comey In One of the Most Humiliating Ways Possible

By , The Colorado Independent

So, what was Trump trying to accomplish?

Has Donald Trump Made the World Less Safe for Jews?

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The virus of white nationalism is spreading, warns "(((Semitism)))" author Jonathan Weisman.

Fascist Fashion: How Clothing Helps the Far Right Sell Their Violent Message

By Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Salon

T-shirts and other garb that promote white supremacy should be taken seriously as an entry point into ha

Westworld's Player Piano Is the Great Character That Keeps Getting Overlooked

By , The Conversation

The symbol for humanity’s relationship to machinery is expanded through Westworld’s soundtrack.

Here's How the US Became a Troll Nation: From Gamergate to the Rise of Trump

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Before “MAGA,” Gamergaters claimed harassing women online was “about ethics in video game journalism”

Why the Christian Right Opposes Pornography But Still Supports Trump

By , The Conversation

Christian opposition to pornography has long been connected to larger efforts to impose Protestant morality onto American politics and culture.

Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity

What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power

By , The Conversation

Who really runs the world?

Friday, April 20, 2018

These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points.

HBO's Bill Maher Explains Why Donald Trump Is Uniquely Dangerous

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Maher said that Trump makes him think differently about previous presidents.

New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several.

Texas Charter School Asked Students to List 'Positive Aspects' of Slavery

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here?!?"

CNN's Anderson Cooper Says Jeff Sessions' Warning Could Portend Another 'Saturday Night Massacre'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The Washington Post reported that the attorney general told the White House he may resign if Rod Rosenstein is fired.

Roger Stone Says Trump Treats Michael Cohen like 'Garbage'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A new report shows that the president's attorney may have good reason to turn against him.

Watch an Ohio Racist Malfunction When Reporter Asks Which Side Won the Civil War

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

History is no friend to racists appealing to nationalism.

Earth Day Is a Reminder That Humans Have the Power to Change Our Planet

By Christopher Preston, The Conversation

We're entering a new epoch.

The March for Science Is Being Transformed by Indigenous Knowledge

By Terri Hansen, YES! Magazine

This year’s march may be smaller, but the movement of scientists who are advocating for scientific integrity is growing.

Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast

By Robert Reich,

There are other ways to change the broken system.

Sen. Chuck Schumer Is Introducing a Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Nationwide

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos

The liberal legislator cited mass incarceration and racial injustice among the reasons.

Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook

By Natalie Martinez, Media Matters

The images include content from banned accounts.

Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do.

Fox News' Laura Ingraham Is Being Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against a Former Employee

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

It's bad news for Ingraham, who recently faced an advertiser boycott.

Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption.

Trump Campaign Lashes Out at DNC Lawsuit Alleging Russian Collusion

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The committee has decided to take the claims about Trump's connections with Russia to court.

Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

The school had to cancel classes following a threat.

How Denver's Mayor Plans to Use Legal Marijuana to Create Affordable Housing

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

It's a solid blueprint for the rest of the country.

What Greek Tragedy Can Teach Us About the Character of James Comey

By Victoria Pagan, The Conversation

Tragedy gave audiences the opportunity to look at themselves and come clean about their humanity.

4 'Magic' Phrases to Use if Cops Stop You with Pot

By Lauren Vazquez, Ladybud Magazine

A lawyer's advice on how to assert your rights when it comes to drugs and the police.

Is It Time to Admit the 'Grotesque Caricature' of White Evangelicals Is the Reality?

By Hollis Phelps, Religion Dispatches

There’s no doubt that evangelicalism seems to have an image problem, especially since its overwhelming alliance with Trump.

Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need.'

Rudy Giuliani -- And a Few Hard Questions for James Comey

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

Did Comey ever investigate leaks from within the bureau to Giuliani? He's doing a lot of interviews. Someone should ask him.

Party Before People: Republicans Keep Blocking Bills That Could Help Suffering Americans

By Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

GOP senators have shot down bills on opioids and harassment — and the only possible reason is 2018 politics

Singer Janelle Monae's Vagina Trousers: Pynk Is the New Black

By , The Conversation

'Pynk' is emphatically not a peachy re-rendering of Western conceptions of white female beauty.

Here Are 13 Transformational Bills in Congress That Could Change America as We Know It

By Richard Greene, Independent Media Institute

Americans often miss the crucial issues that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Read the Newly Released Comey Memos That Helped Launch the Mueller Investigation

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Republicans lawmakers pressed for the release of the former FBI director's records.

Trump Told Comey that Vladimir Putin Boasted About Having the 'Most Beautiful Hookers in the World': Memo

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The new memos reveal Trump may have spoken to the Russian president back in 2013.

Robert De Niro Says 'Lowlife-in-Chief' Trump Is a Total 'Mad Man'

By Mario Vultaggio, Newsweek

The actor laid into the president in no uncertain terms.

New Trump Aides Are Acting Like 'Mini Executives' and Blowing Past John Kelly

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The president is undermining his own chief of staff.

Trump Blasts Comey for Throwing Andrew McCabe 'Under the Bus'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The tweet revealed the president's distorted view of professional relationships.

'I Really Did Kill Those Babies'

By Peter Eklind, ProPublica

Genene Jones is using new evidence in an attempt to have the charges against her dismissed.

Rosenstein May Be Using a Legal Technicality to Protect the Russia Probe

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A new report suggests that the deputy attorney general may have found a way to save his and Robert Mueller's jobs, for now.

This Disturbing Video Shows a Cop Manhandling a Handcuffed Student for 'Cussing'

By Dominique Jackson, Raw Story

“Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out..."

Here Are 13 Transformational Bills in Congress That Could Change America as We Know It

By Richard Greene, Independent Media Institute

Americans often miss the crucial issues that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections.

Justice Department Caves After Republicans Reportedly Threaten Rosentein With Impeachment

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The department said it will be turning over James Comey's memos to congressional investigators.

Trump Aides Are Worried About What He'll Do Next as His Frustration with the Russia Probe Reaches New Heights: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A new report from the Washington Post finds that James Comey's book tour has not sat well with the president.

Women Are the Most Important Political Force in America

By Lornet Turnbull, YES! Magazine

The nation's most prominent reproductive rights advocate explains why.

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says Trump Will Not Serve Out His Full Term in Office

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Michael Avenatti said his prediction is based on his knowledge of the president's attorney.

Watch These First Graders Answer Whether or Not a Tantrum Could Save the World

By Jesse Nichols and Eve Andrews,

These kids grapple with the realities of climate change.

Trump Cabinet Reject Giuliani Is Joining Trump's Legal Team to Help 'End' Mueller Probe

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The former New York City mayor was a vocal supporter of Trump during the campaign.

The U.S. Lags Behind the Rest of the World in Child Care and Maternity Leave

By Joya Misra, The Conversation

Child care is generally unaffordable and paid leave is not available to most of the country's parents.

Trump Justice Department Confirms That Mueller Suspects Paul Manafort of Colluding with Russia

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

The revelation about the former campaign manager is stunning.

Does Unconcious Bias Training Actually Work to Prevent Discrimination?

By Calvin Lai, The Conversation

Effective solutions will require multiple approaches to addressing discrimination, not just one.

These Are the Four Paths to the End of Trump's Presidency

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

The country could witness a historic finale to his time in office.

Sandy Hook Parent Says Alex Jones Is Creating a 'Public Threat' and Putting 'Families at Risk'

By Media Matters, Media Matters

"He's peddling these lies like a carnival barker. It puts people like myself, the Pozners, and other families at risk"

This New Mexico Democrat May Be Even Worse Than a Republican

By Carolyn Fiddler, DailyKos

She faces a serious challenge in the primary election.

Watch Charles Blow Explain Why Trump's 'Breeding' Tweet Is So Dangerous for Minorities

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

The president knew exactly what he was doing.

'Profiled, Stalked and Murdered': Footage Shows Cops Gunning Down Unarmed Black Man At a California Walmart

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

Diante “Butchie” Yarber, 26, was a father of three who was driving his cousin's Mustang with the cousin in the back seat.

Here Are 16 of the Dumbest Things Americans Believe -- And the Right-Wing Lies Behind Them

By Sarah Seltzer, AlterNet

We’ve gone beyond Stephen Colbert's' truthiness' into a 'truth-be-damned' environment.

When You Argue With a Fundamentalist You Don't Know What You're Asking For

By Nellie Smith, Religion Dispatches

How do we talk to people who see the world as collateral damage in the pursuit of the Heavenly Kingdom? Is it even worth trying to nudge people out of that worldview?

White People In America Are Sharply Divided by Education and Income: Donald Trump Is the Result

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Non-college-educated white people overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Political scientist Brian Schaffner explains why

What It’s Like To Grow Up With the Constant Threat of Violence

By Frida Berrigan, Tom Dispatch

The weaponization of everyday life

America's Petty Policy on Used Clothes for Africa

By , The Conversation

The United States is currently in the process of suspending Rwanda from its current status under AGOA not because of military coups, but because Rwanda wants to restrict the importation of second-hand clothes that come from the United States.

Rumors of a Nikki Haley/Mike Pence Presidential Run Are Reportedly Fueling Tensions in the White House

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

If the president's popularity remains low, the likelihood he'll face a challenger from his own party increases.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin May Destroy State's Public Education System With Charter Schools Scheme

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

Bevin was widely criticized for saying it is a “fact” that kids were “sexually assaulted” during a teacher sick out.

Jimmy Kimmel Trolls Trump Over Stormy Daniels' Conspiracy Using a 3rd-Grader to Explain 'Fake News'

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

The ABC host shared Trump's early morning tweet that read, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”

Heatwave Kills One-Third of the Great Barrier Reef

By , Newsweek

The collapse of coral reef populations will have significant implications for marine life, and the humans that rely on tropical reef ecosystems for fish for food.

CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said."

What's the Vibe?: 10 Music Festivals and the Drugs That Define Them

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

Who's doing what at which festival?

Kevin McCarthy Wants to Replace Paul Ryan: Will the Far Right Stop Him Once Again?

By Matthew Sheffield, Salon

So far Republicans have avoided open warfare over who succeeds Paul Ryan. They all fear the answer is Nancy Pelosi.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trump's Legal Adviser Told Him to Expect Michael Cohen to Flip 'If Faced with Criminal Charges'

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

The president's circle will turn on him when it becomes expedient.

CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said."

Rumors of a Nikki Haley/Mike Pence Presidential Run Are Reportedly Fueling Tensions in the White House

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

If the president's popularity remains low, the likelihood he'll face a challenger from his own party increases.

Here's How the Fox News Presidential Pardon Pipeline Works

By Matt Gertz, Media Matters

Right-wing criminal in need of a pardon? The president's favorite network is ready to help.

Tampa Bay Times Says It Will Cut About 50 Jobs Because of Trump's New Tariffs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The paper says the new taxes on imported goods will cost $3 million.

Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation.

This Is How Police Can 'Cook the Books' to Make Crimes Appear Solved

By Michael Arntfield, The Conversation

Manipulating data is easier than it should be.

Former Playboy Model Will Be Allowed to Speak About Her Alleged Affair with Trump: NYT

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

She is just one of several people who has said they were paid not to discuss damaging information about Trump.

Trump Actually Just Said The Olympics Would Have Been a 'Total Failure' Without Him

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The completely unnecessary claim is deeply revealing about the president's character.

Shocking Video Shows White Teacher Dragging Screaming Black 7-Year-Old Student by His Legs

By Dominique Jackson, Raw Story

The teacher was removed from the school pending the results of an investigation.

Michael Cohen's Long History of Shady and Criminal Associations

By Ilya Marritz and Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica

Long before the president's attorney paid a porn star or had his office raided by the FBI, a pattern was established.

Hannity Referenced 'Kidding Around' with Michael Cohen on Fox News Show Last Year

By Media Matters Staff, Media Matters

The host's comment should have raised a red flag.

CNN's Jake Tapper Rattles Off the History of Trump's Associates Allegedly Threatening People

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"The allegation against Mr. Trump is a strong one."

White House Told Russian Embassy There Would Be No New Sanctions: CNN

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Evidence keeps piling up that the president has an interest in treating Russia with extreme caution.

Why It's Much Harder Than You Think for Women to 'Just Leave' Abusive Relationships

By Daniel Saunders, The Conversation

The experience of being trapped in an abusive relationship is complex.

Your Dietary Future: More Bugs -- And a Lot Less Meat

By , The Conversation

There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018.

Watch Meghan McCain Berate James Comey for Not Being More Like Racist J. Edgar Hoover

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

The conservative co-host embarrassed herself yet again.

It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History

By Brian Barger, Consortium News

Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal -- and provoking the ire of AP editors

Liberty University Is an Online Goldmine: Inside Jerry Falwell's Billion-Dollar Blessings

By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica

How one of the religious right’s most powerful institutions transformed into a wildly lucrative online empire.

Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad...

Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible

By Jason C. Blivins, Religion Dispatches

The fearful times we live in didn’t just drop out of the sky.

NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity

By , Media Matters

Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox.'

The Way You See Color Depends on What Language You Speak

By , The Conversation

The way we perceive colors can also change during our lifetime.

A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party

By Sarah Burris, Raw Story

Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore.

Charlottesville White Supremacist 'Tyrone' Exposed As US Marine

By , Al Jazeera

Tyrone's statements garnered media attention last August, but it was not publicly known who was behind the alias.

Fear, Nostalgia and Power Primarily Account for Trump’s Appeal to Evangelicals

By Greg Carey, Religion Dispatches

Evangelicals long for a mythical Christian past -- and Trump’s “Make America Great Again” mantra appeals directly to that troubled nostalgia.

How Trump's Obamacare Administrator is Quietly Taking a Hatchet to Obamacare

By , Los Angeles Times

Seema Verma is the point person for the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act -- preferably behind the scenes.

These 6 Inescapable Facts Help Explain the Republican Party's Current Death Spiral

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

No good news for the Grand Old Party.

East Bay Earthquake Fault is 'Tectonic Time Bomb' -- And More Dangerous Than the San Andreas: Study

By , Los Angeles Times

San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

These 6 Inescapable Facts Help Explain the Republican Party's Current Death Spiral

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

No good news for the Grand Old Party.

Sean Hannity Is Essentially Serving as Trump's 'Shadow' Chief of Staff: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A Washington Post report finds that the president is even closer to the host than it appears.

White House Now Contradicts Trump, Says He Never Spoke to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

If true, the development would be a significant shift in diplomatic relationships between the two countries.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Running for President: 'I'm Thinking About It'

By , AlterNet

The former Obama official has long been rumored to have presidential aspirations.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

The former president's press office confirmed the news.

Mike Pompeo, Trump's Pick for Secretary of State, Secretly Met With North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The revelation came ahead of Pompeo's confirmation vote.

Hannity Also Reportedly Hired Jay Sekulow—Another Top Trump Lawyer

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The conservative host's bad week keeps getting worse.

White House and Nikki Haley Are Publicly Feuding About Whether She Was 'Confused' on Russia Sanctions

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

Trump Announces Rally to Distract from Embarrassing White House Correspondents' Dinner

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president avoided the dinner last year in an attempt to distance himself from the media elite.

Trump Overruled Sec. Mattis to Attack Syria Without Congressional Approval After He Tweeted Threats: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The secretary of defense now has few allies who can help him constrain the president.

McConnell Makes It Clear That Republicans Won't Do Anything to Protect Mueller from Trump

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor."

The Rules Don't Apply to Sean Hannity at Fox News

By Matt Gertz, Media Matters

The propagandist enjoys complete freedom from the most basic principles of his profession.

ExxonMobil Is Being Sued for Climate Damages by American Inland Communities for the First Time

By Elliott Negin, Independent Media Institute

Communities in Colorado—one of the fastest-warming states—have joined coastal cities in trying to make Big Oil pay.

The IRS Website Is Crashing On Tax Day—One Top Trump Official Thinks It's Hilarious

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Larry Kudlow was reportedly amused about the executive branch's failure to manage the agency on the most crucial day.

Horrifying Lawsuit Claims Inmates at a Private Prison Were Forced to Work for Toilet Paper

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

An officer allegedly told one inmate to claim himself with his fingers.

Glenn Beck Is Trying to Sell Off His Private Jet As His Media Empire Continues to Crumble

By Dominique Jackson, Raw Story

The former conservative star is fading.

Stormy Daniels Releases Facial Composite of Man She Says Threatened Her on Behalf of Trump

By Sarah Burris, Raw Story

During an appearance on “The View” Tuesday, Daniels announced that she is “tired of being threatened” and “done being bullied.”

Protests Break Out in India as the Hindu Right Lessens Protections Against Caste Violence

By Teesta Setalvad, Independent Media Institute

Dalit rage boils over.

If Federal Prosecutors Weren't Suspicious of Hannity Before -- They Are Now

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

He's in deep, deep trouble.

Major Pro-Life Advocate Shunned as She Reveals Her White Supremacist Views

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

She agrees she's a racist — but she doesn't think that's a bad thing.

White Evangelical Support of Trump Grows in the Wake of Stormy Daniels Scandal

By , Newsweek

Solid support for the President comes as white evangelicals find themselves on the decline.

The Philly Starbuck's Arrest: Negrophobia Is Real -- And Black People Weren't Surprised At All

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

One of the great privileges of whiteness in America is the freedom to ignore racism, and then act shocked by it

The Holy Grail of Republican Tax Cuts? About Paul Ryan’s Parting Gift to the Rich

By Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

Ted Cruz leads a bold new GOP crusade to go from bad to worse.

MSNBC's Morning Joe Calls on Fox News to Fire 'Staggeringly' Dishonest' Sean Hannity

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Hannity was revealed in federal court to be the mystery third client of President Donald Trump’s attorney.

Understanding Ecological Grief: Hope and Mourning in the Anthropocene

By , The Conversation

Climate change has been linked to a range of negative mental health impacts -- including depression, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress, as well as feelings of anger, hopelessness, distress, and despair.

Moving Past the 'Classic' Version of Harassment Driven by Male Lust: A New Frontier for #MeToo

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Sometimes sex is just a bully’s favorite weapon.

Staggering Eviction Data Brings the Heartbreaking Stories of American Inequality Into Focus

By Eleanor J. Bader, Independent Media Institute

It's impossible to walk out of the new "Evicted" museum exhibition and not be outraged.

Comey’s PR Tour Has Almost No News Value — But It’s Driving Trump Nuts

By Matthew Sheffield, Salon

After scooping himself last June, former FBI chief has little left but catty Trump comments and self-congratulation

Scientology Defector Publicly Reveals Details of Feud Between John Travolta and Tom Cruise

By , AlterNet

The stars have been vying for power in the insular religion.

Watch: Racist White Woman in Georgia Caught Verbally Assaulting Two Black Soldiers

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

She was booked into jail and released on bond.

Here's Why Attorney-Client Privilege Might Not Save President Trump or Michael Cohen

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president has been frantic ever since federal agents raided his attorney's office.

Sean Hannity's Ties to Michael Cohen Reveal his Complete Lack of Journalistic Ethics

By Aldous Pennyfarthing, Daily Kos

Looking back, it's stunning that the host didn't reveal his conflict of interest.

Compton Rap Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History With Pulitzer Prize Win

By , Los Angeles Times

To say that Lamar's honor was a shocker is an understatement.

The Corporate Plan to Groom U.S. Kids for Servitude by Wiping Out Public Schools

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Are first-world children being trained for a third-world life?

What's Really in McDonald's Happy Meals? Here's the Awful Truth

By David Coman-Hidy, Independent Media Institute

The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu.