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Trump’s FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality, But the First Legal Challenges Are Already Coming

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality Thursday, in a long-contested debate over whether internet service providers should treat all online content the same, or be allowed to give preference to certain websites or companies.  The commission voted voted along party lines to repeal the Obama-era regulation, with three Republicans voting for […]

The Texas Republican Who Settled a Sexual-Harassment Suit With Taxpayer Money Won’t Seek Reelection

Texas Republican Blake Farenthold, who earlier this month made headlines following revelations that he settled a 2014 sexual-harassment lawsuit using $84,000 in taxpayer funds, announced Thursday that he won’t seek reelection for his...Show More Summary

No One Is Talking About the Drug Crisis Killing Black People

As the number of deaths from drug overdoses continues to skyrocket, attention from the White House, state legislatures, and the media is focused on opioids and the white men driving the crisis. But according to a study published last week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, African Americans are facing their own overdose death epidemic, fueled by cocaine.  […]

The Republican Tax Bill Provides Huge Benefits to People Who Don’t Work. But Only if They’re Rich.

After decades of chastising the idle, Republicans are pushing a tax bill that specifically advantages rich people who don’t work. But they aren’t applying that standard for poor people. Once the tax bill passes, Republicans plan to make it easier for states to add work requirements for welfare recipients. The Senate tax bill gives business owners nearly three […]

Top Democrats Say Trump’s Justice Department Helped Undermine the Mueller Investigation

On Wednesday, top congressional Democrats criticized the Justice Department for giving some journalists the text messages of two senior FBI officials who previously worked for special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. The Justice Department...Show More Summary

The Interior Department Is Giving Business to Secretary Zinke’s Billionaire Pal

This story was originally published by The Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In late June, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met in Nevada with billionaire friend and political benefactor William Foley. As the owner of Las Vegas’s new National Hockey League team, the Golden Knights, Foley was looking for someone to […]

What Siri Says When New Zealanders Ask About Sex

“Tell me about menopause.” “Am I at risk of HIV?” “Is it OK to put a jade egg in my vagina?” A team of New Zealand researchers posed these questions and 47 others to digital assistants to determine how effectively Siri et al. could answer questions on sex. The informal study, which was not peer-reviewed, […]

Republicans Are Trying to Roll Back Rules That Stopped For-Profit Colleges From Exploiting Students

Late Tuesday evening, the House Education and Workforce Committee finalized a sweeping bill that would have far-reaching consequences on how American colleges and universities are held accountable. Among the biggest winners in the proposed...Show More Summary

Yet Another Group of Scientists Just Said We Are the Ones Screwing the Weather

For the first time in the six years the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has published its annual extreme event report, it has found that certain events could not have happened without human-caused climate warming. Weather...Show More Summary

Study: Fracking Can Stunt the Growth of Your Baby

The practice of drilling into the ground to release natural gas—known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking—first made national headlines in 2011 when drinking water taps in fracking towns in Pennsylvania began catching fire because flammable...Show More Summary

Trump Is Going Ballistic Against Journalists. What Is He So Afraid Of?

Throughout Donald Trump’s first year as president, I’ve kept a running record of his authoritarian behavior titled “Trumpocracy.” A major component of this now very lengthy document has been his ceaseless attack on the American news media. But although Trump’s rants against reporting he dislikes are at this point extremely familiar (or daresay, normal), his […]

Republican Bill Would Slash Programs That Make College More Affordable

The House Republican tax bill generated an uproar among graduate students when it proposed a tax on their tuition waivers that would cost many of them thousands of dollars a year. That provision seems to be gone in the final Republican compromise bill, but another piece of Republican legislation heading to the House floor could spell even […]

Study: AI Really Could Be a Breakthrough for Cancer Detection

If you haven’t lost your job to a computer yet, you probably will. Experts predict that robots will be folding laundry for us in the next five years, driving trucks in the next 10, and performing surgery in the next 40. And, they predict, they’ll be doing it better than humans. This could lead to a massive shift […]

One Map Shows Why Democrats Shouldn’t Feel Too Hopeful After Alabama Win

Democrat Doug Jones’ upset victory in Alabama’s Senate race on Tuesday gives Democrats renewed hope of an electoral wave in the 2018 midterm elections, but it comes with a warning—a strangely shaped one.  In much of the country, partisan and racial gerrymandering is so extreme that it could prevent Democrats from taking control of the House […]

How Black Voters Sent Doug Jones to the Senate

Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama Tuesday wouldn’t have happened if not for a confluence of factors: sexual assault allegations against his opponent, Roy Moore; Moore’s lackluster campaigning; an energized national Democratic Party; strong fundraising by Jones. But none of those things would have made a difference if African Americans had not turned out in large […]

Republicans Reach Last-Minute Deal to Give Wealthy Americans an Even Bigger Tax Cut

On Wednesday, House and Senate Republicans reached a deal on the tax bill, which they plan to vote on next week. The GOP came to a deal by bolstering the bill’s main goal: tax cuts for the rich. The new agreement would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. The […]

Trump’s Deputy Attorney General Says There Is No Good Cause to Fire Robert Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers on Wednesday that he has not identified any reason to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, despite growing calls from supporters of President Donald Trump to do so. Rosenstein added that if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 […]

Elizabeth Warren Just Let Loose on Trump and Monsanto

Back in September 2016, US agribusiness titan Monsanto and German chemical conglomerate Bayer agreed to a $66 billion merger, making way for a globe-spanning firm with huge shares of the world’s seed and pesticide markets. The deal remains unconsummated, still under scrutiny by antitrust authorities. Donald Trump signaled readiness to bless the deal before taking office, […]

Trump’s Lawyer (Inadvertently) Makes the Case for Seating Doug Jones Right Away

Democrat Doug Jones pulled off the upset of the year in Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday. But don’t expect to see him in the US Senate anytime soon. First, the state of Alabama has to certify the election results, which could take several weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters this week […]

Trump: Roy Moore’s Loss in Alabama Proves “I Was Right”

President Donald Trump’s relatively staid, dignified tweet offering congratulations to Democrat Doug Jones, the winner in Tuesday’s Alabama special election, surprised many people. The message was cordial, even respectful. Some questioned whether the president actually authored the tweet. Show More Summary

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