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Comedian W. Kamau Bell Hung Out With the Ku Klux Klan. Here's Why.

Comedian W. Kamau Bell isn't afraid of being uncomfortable. So for the first episode of his new CNN show, United Shades of America, Bell took a trip to Arkansas—to meet with the Ku Klux Klan. The docuseries, which premiered Sunday night,...Show More Summary

Here's Why Kids Are Still Getting More Obese

According to a 2015 New York Times analysis of government and private-sector data, the number of calories consumed annually by the average US child declined 9 percent between 2004 and 2013. And yet, researchers from Duke and Wake Forest...Show More Summary

Hunger Strike in San Francisco Puts a Spotlight on Police Brutality

At the corner of 17th and Valencia Streets in San Francisco late Tuesday afternoon, a group of about 20 protesters remained camped outside the Mission Police Station, fueled by coconut water, vitamin supplements, and car honking in solidarity. Show More Summary

8 Stories Ted Cruz Should Probably Have Read Before Picking Carly Fiorina

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will name former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican primary rival Carly Fiorina as his running mate on Wednesday afternoon, multiple outlets have reported. Fiorina left the race in February,...Show More Summary

Here Are the Many Ways Trump's Big Foreign Policy Speech Made No Damn Sense

Is the Donald Trump who supports torture and wants the United States to "bomb the shit out of ISIS" a thing of the past? The Republican front-runner certainly wants us to think so. Trump gave a sedate but completely incoherent speech...Show More Summary

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

Calling Dennis Hastert a "serial child molester," a federal judge in Chicago today sentenced the former Republican House speaker to 15 months in prison, fined him $250,000, and ordered him to participate in a sex offender program. Last...Show More Summary

GOP Leaders Are Preparing to Submit to Donald Trump

Following Donald Trump's overwhelming victory last week in his home state of New York and his impressive sweep across five East Coast states on Tuesday, Republican Party leaders may be finally reaching the final stage of Trump grief: acceptance that the real estate mogul is likely to be their presidential nominee. Show More Summary

This Bill Could Make More Kids Obese—and No One Is Talking About It

You probably haven't heard much about it with the presidential election sucking up all the oxygen, but US lawmakers are mulling one of the nation's most important and influential pieces of food legislation: a once-every-five years bill that sets the the budget and rules for school meals. Show More Summary

A Win for the Democratic Establishment in Much-Watched Senate Primary

Rep. Chris Van Hollen knocked off Rep. Donna Edwards in the Maryland Democratic primary Tuesday night, clearing the way for him to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring five-termer Barbara Mikulski. Van Hollen will be the overwhelming favorite to win the general election in the fall in heavily blue Maryland. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz Says He's Going to be President Because All Basketball Hoops Are 10 Feet High

Just minutes before polls closed on the East Coast and it became clear that Donald Trump had swept all five states up for grabs during Tuesday's GOP primaries, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pandered to an Indiana crowd with an awkward Hoosiers reference. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Sweeps East Coast Primaries

Last week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big victories in their home state of New York. On Tuesday night, as voters in five more East Coast states cast their ballots, the Republican and Democratic front-runners looked to expand their delegate leads over their rivals. On the Republican side, Trump is expected to be the night's biggest winner. Show More Summary

A North Carolina Judge Just Dealt a Huge Blow to Voting Rights—But the Fight Isn't Over Yet

A coalition of civil rights groups say they will immediately appeal a federal judge's ruling in North Carolina that upheld a sweeping set of voting laws that critics say unfairly target African Americans and other minorities. The laws...Show More Summary

Here's What Today's Primary Voters Think About the Planet's Most Important Issue

Residents of five Northeastern states are voting Tuesday in crucial presidential primary contests. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has a chance to all but clinch the nomination with a strong showing. On the Republican side, Donald...Show More Summary

What White Teachers Can Learn From Black Preachers

When Chris Emdin, now an associate professor of math, science, and technology at Columbia University, was a senior in a Brooklyn high school, most of his teachers were quick to punish him for things like doing a little celebratory dance...Show More Summary

Identity Trumps Ideology in Maryland Senate Race

At first glance, the Democratic primary for a US Senate seat in Maryland looks eerily similar to the party’s national contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. On one side, there’s an establishment candidate, Rep. Chris Van...Show More Summary

Will Citizens United Save Bob McDonnell From Prison?

The Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United, which overturned restrictions on corporate and union campaign contributions, has been blamed for a lot of things: a flood of "ads that pull our politics into the gutter" (per President Barack Obama), the increased power of billionaires in politics, and even the rise of Donald Trump. Show More Summary

Flint and America's Corroded Trust

It's been the subject of protests and debates, but if anything is improving in Flint, Michigan, it's hard for any of us on the ground to see. One of the city's lead pipes has been replaced for the benefit of the press, but more than 8,000 additional service lines are likely corroded and still leaching toxic lead. Show More Summary

Oklahoma Is About to Enact a Bill That Would Jail Abortion Providers

In the most draconian statewide anti-abortion measure yet, the Oklahoma state House of Representatives approved a state Senate bill last week that could make nearly all abortions in the state illegal and jail doctors who provide theShow More Summary

An Obscure GOP Rule Aimed at Stopping Insurgents Is Helping Donald Trump

Pennsylvania is poised to be the most powerful state at the Republican National Convention. Thanks to an obscure party rule, 54 of the 71 delegates from the Keystone State who will be selected in Tuesday's primary will not be bound to a candidate at the July convention in Cleveland. Show More Summary

13 Cartoon Portraits of Legendary Blues Artists

Before I read the author's note, there was something that confused me about William Stout's great new book, Legends of the Blues, due out May 7 from Abrams ComicArts (with an intro by music journalist Ed Leimbacher). Where were Memphis...Show More Summary

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