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Meet the Former Bike Executive Who Could Crush Scott Walker's White House Dreams

This March, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched what, in the post-Citizens United era, amounts to a de facto presidential exploratory campaign. He jetted to Las Vegas for a private audience with Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino...Show More Summary

Could Enterovirus D68 Be Causing Polio-Like Paralysis in Kids?

Over the last two months, a severe pediatric respiratory disease called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has made its way into nearly every part of the United States, sickening 500 children in 42 states. The virus, which primarily affects infants, children, and teens, causes wheezing and difficulty breathing. Show More Summary

Live Event: Inquiring Minds Interviews Adam Savage in San Francisco

In San Francisco? Join neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas on October 28 for a conversation with Mythbusters’ Adam Savage in a special live production of the Inquiring Minds podcast! We'll discuss the joy of using science and critical thinking to explore and understand our world. Show More Summary

Scientists Dissected the Brains of 79 NFL Players. What They Found Is Disturbing.

Yesterday, the country's leading investigators of sports-related brain injuries released what could be their most shocking finding yet: Of the 79 deceased NFL players examined, 76 showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Show More Summary

Happy 90th Birthday Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday today, October 1. On the occasion of the 39th President's birthday, let's take a look back at his Presidency (and Governorship) with a handful of photos. Jimmy Carter, touring a display...Show More Summary

Social Conservatives To GOP: Don't Let The Gays Into Our Grand Old Party

The Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept the existence of gay people among their ranks. As I wrote last month, there are two openly gay GOP candidates running for the US House this year—both with the support and financial backing of the national party (a third prominent openly gay candidate lost in a primary). Show More Summary

Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election

This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action Committee has been, well, vehicles. Show More Summary

Kenya Plans to Hang a Nurse for Botching an Illegal Abortion

Abortion is prohibited in Kenya except under certain circumstances, forcing hundreds of thousands of women underground every year to receive treatment. But it's not just these women who are putting their lives in danger: Late last week,...Show More Summary

America Spends $68 Billion a Year on 17 Major Intelligence Agencies. So Why Do We Keep Getting Caught Off-Guard?

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the ages. Show More Summary

The Stunning Success of the Wilderness Act

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964. The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn't part of "the Sixties." The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s. Show More Summary

13 Weird Headlines From North Korea's State-Run News Agency

North Korea's state-run news, the Korean Central News Agency, is one of the few places for what passes for news in the so-called Hermit Kingdom. Every day, the KCNA posts its top stories, and much of it is predictable: harsh invective...Show More Summary

Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around the World

This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Show More Summary

Mitt Romney's Latest Excuse for His 47-Percent Remarks Is a Doozy

Mitt Romney explains his 47-percent remark, Take 23. During a recent sit-down with the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, the former GOP presidential nominee—who seems to be almost flirting with the possibility that he just might consider...Show More Summary

An Aid Worker in Syria Told the US Where to Bomb ISIS. Now They're Hunting for Him.

Last Friday, Oscar Bergamin, a Swiss humanitarian aid worker helping refugees in northern Syria, wrote a tweet that included 18 digits. They were the coordinates of a bunker near the Turkey-Syria border that had been seized by members of ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that's terrorizing large chunks of Iraq and Syria. Show More Summary

Melting Antarctic Ice Is Causing an Actual Shift in Gravity

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That's the stunning conclusion announced Friday byShow More Summary

Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't.

An officer with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department in central Washington is offering me a tank. Three of them, actually. "We really want to get rid of these," Undersheriff John Wisemore says. "We've been trying to get the military...Show More Summary

These Insane Photos Show What the Hell Is Happening in Hong Kong

Hong Kong riot police fire teargas at protesters early on Monday, September 29. Wally Santana/AP Hong Kong—usually an orderly finance haven—erupted over the weekend as police used teargas and pepper spray to break up a three-day student sit-in that occupied the central business district. Show More Summary

Is 2014 the "Tipping Point" for the GMO Labeling Movement?

Is this the year that voters will finally insist on knowing which supermarket foods contain genetically modified organisms? Activists in Oregon say the momentum is on their side for a GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. "The...Show More Summary

Can the Ultimate Clintonite Still Cut it in Bubba's Home Base?

James Lee Witt, candidate for Congress in Arkansas' fourth district, wipes away a fresh gob of tobacco spit with his brown cowboy boots and tells me about his old friend Bill. "He was down here re-dedicating the Greers Ferry dam…andShow More Summary

Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children

ClaudioVentrella/Thinkstock It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. Show More Summary

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