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How Novelist Luis Alberto Urrea Wore the Bastards Down

Big Angel—patriarch of the De La Cruz clan, “El Jefe” emblazoned on his coffee mug, a man who once “could make the walls crack with his voice”—is dying of cancer. Relegated to a wheelchair, he realizes that “somebody was going to have to put his shoes on him. Infuriating.” So begins The House of Broken […]

The Warped Environmentalism of America’s Biggest Industrial Meat Producer

This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Justin Whitmore has the unenviable job of trying to make the nation’s biggest industrial meat company look virtuous. The 35-year-old former McKinsey consultant became Tyson Foods’ first sustainability chief in May. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren Calls Betsy DeVos “The Worst Secretary Of Education This Country Has Ever Seen”

In her first year overseeing the Education Department, Secretary Betsy DeVos has been “a boon for for-profit colleges, student loan companies, and advocates of school privatization,” while harming public school students of all ages, according to a report released Thursday by two Massachusetts Democrats, Sen. Show More Summary

These Videos of Boston Basically Drowning in the Nor’easter Are Insane

Winter Storm Riley, an incredibly powerful nor’easter, is clobbering the East Coast with heavy rain and winds, and parts of Massachusetts are experiencing massive coastal flooding. The flood warning will remain in effect until Sunday at 3 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, and residents should expect a storm surge “near 4 feet for tonight’s high […]

After a Two-Day Break, Trump Returns to Blasting the Russia Investigation

President Donald Trump appears to be catching up on old episodes of his favorite cable news program. On Tuesday, the assiduous “Fox & Friends” viewer referenced talking points from a Sunday segment featuring Jonathan Turley, in which the George Washington University law professor expressed doubt that the special counsel’s investigation will reveal evidence of collusion […]

Trump’s Plan to Slash Legal Immigration—By the Numbers

Reducing illegal immigration is one of President Donald Trump’s best known policy goals. But President Donald Trump has also insisted that curbing legal immigration must be a part of an immigration deal. Efforts to pass a bipartisan immigration bill have repeatedly stalled in Congress, with Trump rejecting any deals that do not address restrictions on […]

How Parkland Teens Hope to Swing Votes—Starting With Their Parents

Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students have been demanding change. Now, two juniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are working to rally parents to support candidates who advocate for gun control.  “In our movement, we wish for parents to make a promise to their children that they will vote for legislatures and politicians […]

3 Years Ago, We All Laughed at James Inhofe’s Snowball. The Joke Was on Us.

February 26, 2015 is a day that will live in Internet infamy for a few reasons. It gave us the great dress debate and the runaway llamas. But in the annals of science, let’s not forget it also gave us the snowball on the floor of the Senate. On this day, three years ago, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chair of […]

A Guide to the Upcoming Gun Control Marches

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month, all eyes are on the students who have garnered an unprecedented amount of national attention from their calls for gun control. Show More Summary

FedEx Won’t Stop Giving NRA Members Discounts

Under increasing pressure from gun control activists to stop giving discounts to NRA members, FedEx put out a statement Monday indicating that though the global shipping conglomerate supports a ban on assault weapons, it will not be joining Delta, United, Hertz, and a host of other companies in severing its benefits package with the National […]

Wisconsin Democrats Sue to Force Scott Walker to Hold Constitutionally Required Elections

In January, Democrat Patty Schachtner won a shocking upset, winning a special election for a Wisconsin State Senate seat by 11 points. The district had been in Republican hands since 2000, and was carried by Donald Trump by 17 points in 2016. There are currently two more vacancies in Wisconsin’s state legislature, created after a Republican […]

Trump’s Company Won’t Say How Much It Made From Foreign Governments—But Swears It Gave It All Away

The Trump Organization released a statement on Monday announcing it had donated all profits earned from foreign government spending at Trump-owned hotels to the U.S. Treasury. But the company declined to say how much profit was donated, where it was earned, and how the company calculated the size of its payment. Almost immediately upon Trump’s ascension […]

Scott Pruitt Is Gutting the EPA Because He Thinks It’s God’s Plan

Scott Pruitt may be at the center of another Trump administration flight scandal over the skyrocketing costs of his first-class flights, but recently he’s been more likely to talk about how deeply his evangelical faith influences his work running the Environmental Protection Agency. Show More Summary

After Sandy Hook, the NRA Made Big Promises About a New School Safety Program. It Hasn’t Done Much.

In December 2012, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre held a press conference in Washington to present the group’s plan for protecting the nation’s schools from gun violence. LaPierre announced that the NRA was launching the National School Shield Emergency Response Program. “From armed security […]

Federal Appeals Court Finds Anti-Gay Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. The decision is a victory for LGBT rights and a blow to the Trump administration, which had argued that the seminal civil rights law does not protect against sexual orientation discrimination. The Second Circuit Court of […]

Guess How Often Teens Are Actually Sexting

Until now, sexting has been somewhat of a vague phenomenon, without much concrete data on how common it actually is in teen life. Experts have tried to pin down how many and how often teens participate in explicit text messaging, and have had a hard time reaching a consensus; over the years they’ve predicted that somewhere between 1.3 to […]

The Supreme Court Just Rejected the Trump Administration’s Request to Quickly Kill DACA

The Supreme Court has denied the Trump administration’s request for it to quickly review a lower court decision that temporarily blocks ending protections from deportation for Dreamers—young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children. Show More Summary

Hardcore R&B Fans Will Dig These Epic New Releases

Album Reviews Various Artists Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest Craft Recordings Various Artists The Ru-Jac Records Story Omnivore The great Memphis soul music label Stax has been extensively surveyed in three box sets collecting the A-sides of the company’s singles, from its humble beginnings in 1959 to a messy […]

Ivanka Trump Thinks It’s “Pretty Inappropriate” to Ask Her About Her Father’s Accusers

Ivanka Trump has nurtured a public image as a backer of women’s empowerment. But, in remarks released by NBC News on Monday morning, she categorically denied the accounts of the nearly two dozen women who have accused her father of sexual misconduct spanning several decades. In an interview conducted over the weekend, NBC’s Peter Alexander […]

John Oliver Rips Into Trump’s Plan to Arm America’s Teachers

John Oliver kicked off his latest installment of “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday by condemning President Donald Trump’s highly controversial proposal to arm America’s teachers in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. He wasted no time mocking Trump for failing to read the room during a listening session at the White House last week, […]

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