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The Movement to End the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses Secures Its Biggest Win Yet

Click here for reuse options! New Jersey lawmakers voted to ban nearly all wild animal acts in their state. The movement to end the use of wild animals in circuses secured its biggest win yet, with New Jersey lawmakers, in the waning...Show More Summary

Hospital Staff Dumped a Mentally Ill Patient Out In Freezing Weather Wearing Only a Hospital Gown

Patient dumping is a symptom of a broken healthcare system. This week, on a night with temperatures dropping below freezing, hospital personnel at the University of Maryland Medical Center dumped a 22-year-old woman out onto the curbside, clad in nothing but a hospital gown. Show More Summary

Hospital Staff Dumped a Mentally Ill Patient Out in the Freezing Cold Wearing Nothing But Hospital Gown

Sadly, patient dumping is not a new thing. This week, on a night with temperatures that dropped below freezing, hospital personnel at the University of Maryland Medical Center dumped a disenfranchised 22-year-old woman out onto the curbside, clad in nothing but a hospital gown. Show More Summary

'Completely Racist': Edwidge Danticat on Trump's 'Shthole Countries' Remark Targeting Africa, Haiti

Trump’s remarks have been condemned across the globe. International condemnation of Donald Trump is growing after reports the president used an expletive during a meeting about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. While meeting...Show More Summary

Everyone In Hawaii Just Got A Push Alert About An Incoming Ballistic Missile. It Was A False Alarm.

Everyone in Hawaii just got a pretty horrifying push alert. Omg — Michelle Broder Van Dyke (@michellebvd) January 13, 2018 But there is no missile. It was a mistake. HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. […]

A Montana 'Handmaid's Tale:' Local Prosecutor Calls for 'Immediate Crackdown' on Pregnant Drug and Alcohol Users

A prosecutor tells the public to rat out pregnant women who are using drugs or alcohol. A Montana prosecutor called this week for an "immediate crackdown" on women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant, urging friends, family members, health care providers, and even strangers to turn in women they suspect to authorities. Show More Summary

How Do I Reassure My Children About the Future When the Future Is Terrifying?

This story first appeared at As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: It’s getting harder and harder to think about the future—at least in that soaring Whitney Houston fashion. You know the song: “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the […]

Scientists Are Getting Way Better at Forecasting. It Could Change How We Deal With Droughts.

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When a rainstorm slammed California’s Russian River watershed in December 2012, water rushed into Lake Mendocino, a reservoir north of San Francisco. The cause? An atmospheric river, a ribbon of moisture-laden air that can ferry water thousands of […]

Robert Reich: 6 Big Ways the Media Should Stop Normalizing Trump

Words matter. It’s important to describe Trump accurately. Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president:  1. Show More Summary

Facebook Warned It Faces Legal Action from ‘Revenge Porn’ Victims

A settlement with a teenager over naked images posted on the networking site has ‘moved goalposts’, say lawyers. Facebook is facing a number of lawsuits from victims of “revenge porn”, a leading libel lawyer has warned, after a teenager reached a settlement with the social networking site over naked images of her that were posted online. Show More Summary

Trump thought Only Black People Were on Welfare

In fact, the vast majority of welfare beneficiaries are not black.   / > Related Stories The Year of Trump Has Laid Bare the U.S. Constitution’s Serious Flaws Mike Pence’s Christmas Vacation Protested by Neighbors with a ‘Make America Gay Again’ Banner Police Shoot a Lot More People Than Previously Known

Why the 25th Amendment Route for Dumping Trump Will Probably Remain a Fantasy

Click here for reuse options! As Trump's presidency begins its second year, talk of the 25th Amendment is back on the table—but it's just talk. Democrats and Republicans who are desperate to end Donald Trump’s presidency are looking with renewed interest at the U.S. Show More Summary

Doctors Aren’t Asking Most Gay Patients the Right Sexual Health Questions

Click here for reuse options! A survey finds doctors aren’t spending enough time with patients in the first place. You’re supposed to be able to tell your doctor anything. But how are patients supposed to know what to tell their doctors...Show More Summary

Is the War on Christmas Really a Proxy War for White Supremacy?

Sociologist Randall Blazak explains how Christmas became a battlefield, and how white men lost the American Dream. The War on Christmas is a myth. Yet so many Republicans, Donald Trump voters and other conservatives are apparently obsessed with it. Show More Summary

'Get Him Out of Here!': Watch Maxine Waters' Epic Trump Takedown After His Racist 'Shthole' Remarks

The congresswoman delivered perhaps her most furious denunciation yet. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made an appearance on MSNBC with host Joy Reid that was intense, even by the congresswoman's standards. Reid asked Waters for her thoughts on President Donald Trump's racist comments about African nations being "shthole countries," and Waters went off. Show More Summary

Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

The solution isn't for Oprah to run for president. It's to listen to women everywhere. This month’s Golden Globes were the first awards ceremony held since #MeToo went viral. To commemorate it, celebrities brought social justice activists along...Show More Summary

'Shthole Countries': Trump Uses the Rhetoric of Dictators

A day after Donald Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, he told lawmakers the U.S. should have more immigrants from places like Norway and not “shithole” countries like Haiti. George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 that authoritarianism begins with language. Show More Summary

Chris Matthews Caught Making Disgusting 'Bill Cosby Pill' Rape Joke About Hillary Clinton in 2016

He released a statement apologizing for the remarks on Friday afternoon. A leaked video published by The Cut on Friday shows MSNBC host Chris Matthews making a rape joke about former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 prior to a scheduled interview with the candidate in Iowa. Show More Summary

MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic U.S.-Backed War in Yemen

Finds Russia 5000% more newsworthy. For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US government has played a key role in creating and maintaining that unparalleled crisis. Show More Summary

Don't Be Fooled by These 5 Misleading Dairy Ads Peddling the Preposterous Myth of the 'Happy Cow'

Click here for reuse options! Happy cows are just an advertising ploy. For most of my life, I genuinely believed the false advertising used to sell dairy. When I learned the truth—that nearly all cows used for dairy are kept inside, locked up, forcibly inseminated, and hooked up to painful milking machines—I was heartbroken. Show More Summary

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