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Sean Spicer's Emmys Cameo Was an Abomination

The former White House press secretary joked about misleading the American public. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer got the last laugh during Sunday night’s Emmy broadcast when he made a surprise appearance, but not everyone is enjoying the joke. Show More Summary

Tennessee University President Apologizes for Greeting Black Students with Cotton Stalks at Diversity Dinner

Students also complained they were served stereotypically "black meals." The president of mostly white Lipscomb University in Tennessee has apologized to students for hosting a dinner for an all-African-American group of students at his home that featured table centerpieces made up of cotton stalks. Show More Summary

Trump Pick for Civil Rights Role Is a Lawyer Who’s Pushed Voting Restrictions

In mid-August, as Washington reeled over the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump quietly announced his pick for the top civil rights job at the Department of Homeland Security. The woman he chose doesn’t have a background in national security or in protecting civil rights. Show More Summary

Syria Holds the Secret to Our Species’ Survival

This story was originally published by Food and Environment Reporting Network.  Salvatore Ceccarelli knew he was engaging in a subversive act when, in 2010, he took two 20 kilo sacks of bread and durum wheat seeds from a seed bank outside of Aleppo, Syria and brought them to Italy during a visit back to his […]

Here’s What Trump’s EPA Boss Was Up to While Disasters Struck

The devastation from hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the two weeks of catastrophic flooding, and the toxic aftermath should have been opportunities for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to snap into action. Had Scott Pruitt done so, it would have been in stark contrast with his tenure so far, which has mostly consisted of making the case that the […]

Remembering Duane Eddy’s Influence on Rock’n’Roll

Duane Eddy Guitar Star: The Complete RCA Singles A’s and B’s Real Gone Music Before The Beatles came along and upended the established order, instrumentals were a staple of Top 40 radio, and guitar-slinger Duane Eddy led the field. Guitar Star picks up the story in 1962, after Eddy had scored his biggest hits, including […]

Inside a Massive, Successful Effort to Stop Prescribing So Many Opioids

In 2013, leaders at Partnership HealthPlan, the main public insurance provider for Medi-Cal patients in rural Northern California, discovered an alarming trend: Many counties where Partnership operated had among the highest rates of opioid prescribing and overdose in the state. Show More Summary

Sandy Survivors Warn Harvey and Irma Victims About What’s Ahead

This post was originally published by HuffPo and appears here as part of the ClimateDesk collaboration. Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed their house, Sophia Vailakis-DeVirgilio and her family are still waiting to rebuild and return to their property. Show More Summary

This Filmmaker Spent Two Years Embedded With the Oakland Police Department

Don’t look to The Force for a scathing critique of the Oakland Police Department. You won’t find it here. But Oakland director Peter Nicks, starting in the fall of 2014, spent two years embedded with the OPD. The result, a vérité-style documentary that opened Friday in Bay Area theaters, is a rare deep dive into the […]

QE with a twist? In 2016, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution distributed more than 1 billion dollars around the world

The Leader of the Revolution is an institution, specific to Iran. Inspired by the Government of the Wise Men in Plato's Republic, the Guide holds the following concurrent powers: • The power to veto any decision made by political leaders in his country; and • The power to take initiative abroad. Show More Summary

Susan Rice admits that she spied on Donald Trump

Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor, has admitted before the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee that during the transition period, she had spied on Donald Trump and his team when they were in Trump Tower, New York. Show More Summary

8 of the GOP's Favorite Scapegoats That Get Trotted Out When Things Don't Go Their Way

When times get tough, it's nice to have a few reliable punching bags to take the blame. Republicans have a way of relying on scapegoats when their plans don’t work out as expected. There are so many go-to GOP scapegoats, it would be impossible to name them all here. Show More Summary

Why 'South Park' Is Perfectly Armed to Fight the Alt-Right

The satirical cartoon has a perfect chance to turn around and bite the trollish right-wing hand that feeds it. “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are harboring a dirty secret: Much of their audience, the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, overlaps with a certain young, male, white slice of President Donald Trump’s base. Show More Summary

‘Incapable of Serving Safely as President’: More Mental Health Experts Question Trump’s Stability

Is Trump mentally unfit to be president? There is a long-standing rule self-imposed rule among psychiatrists who are members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA): mental health of political figures they have not personally evaluated should not be declared publicly. Show More Summary

John McCain and the Sunday Talk Shows Were Eerily Quiet About a Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal Obamacare

Is repeal-and-replace bill dead or should we still be worried? With the clock ticking toward a September 30 deadline for the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act using reconcilliation, which only requires 50 votes, John McCain and the Sunday morning news shows were strangely silent on the last-ditch Graham-Cassidy bill. Show More Summary

‘This Is Going to Be Earth-Shattering’: Trump Aide Michael Cohen to Testify Before Senate on Tuesday

Cohen’s name came up repeatedly in emails between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, which...Show More Summary

White People Don't Deserve Any Special Credit for Calling Out White Supremacy

It's encouraging that Miss Texas spoke out against Trump's response to white supremacy. But why does it stand out? In today’s America, effusive — and often undeserved — praise is heaped upon white folks who publicly condemn racism. During...Show More Summary

In the Field With Yazidi Fighters, Tales of Genocide at ISIS's Hands and More Conflict to Come

Click here for reuse options! Yazidi fighters are joining the Iraqi-run PMF in droves, and see a new war on the horizon. SINJAR, IRAQ—On a Sunday afternoon in mid-August under the baking Iraqi sun, 980 Yazidi soldiers marched in formation at a military camp south of Sinjar mountain. Show More Summary

How Climate Change Hurricanes Are Rapidly Accelerating the Militarization of America

Despite their reluctance to speak publicly about the environment, top officials in the Pentagon are painfully aware of the problem at hand. Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Show More Summary

If Pot Is Legal in Your State, Shouldn't That Mean You're Allowed to Grow It at Home?

If there's no home cultivation, it's hard to call it legalization. Eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and of those, only Washington does not allow people to grow their own pot plants. But that could be about to change. Show More Summary

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