• 12 Therapeutic House Plants That Can Boost Your Physical Health, Emotional Well-Being—and Even Your Brain Power

    Click here for reuse options!The healing power of plants is real.A growing body of research proves that simply being around nature can improve human health and happiness. A month-long 2016 study conducted in the United Kingdom by the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts found that connecting to nature resulted in a "scientifically significant increase" in health and happiness, the BBC reports."Nature isn't a miracle cure for diseases," says Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters campaigns manager
  • How Greed, Fear and Our Own Biases Blind Us to the Realities of Climate Change

    By the time climate change is no longer a long-term threat, it will be too late.The Climate Science Special Report that the Trump administration released last Friday is straightforward and relentlessly sobering. Scientists from 13 government agencies agree that the long-term global warming trend is "unambiguous" and that human activity is responsible. There is, they tell us, "no convincing alternative explanation."Meanwhile, the president whose administration released the report mainta
  • Nearly Half of Republicans Say an Alleged Child Sex Abuser Should Be Allowed to Serve in Senate: Poll

    Click here for reuse options!Those aren't the only disturbing findings from Quinnipiac University's latest.It was always just a matter of time. Nearly a week after Roy Moore's first accuser alleged he assaulted her as a teenager, Donald Trump offered his endorsement of the Alabama Senate candidate Tuesday. (Privately, he has questioned the veracity of the claims against him.) "Roy Moore denies it, that's all I can say," he told a press gaggle, before adding, "I can tell you one thing for su
  • The GOP Accepted Donations from an Accused Nazi War Criminal as Recently as 2014: Report

    Michael Karkoc is a "lifelong Republican" wanted for liquidating a village in Eastern Poland. During the 2016 election, Donald Trump earned the enthusiastic endorsement of Neo-Nazis and the alt right. Now a new report published Thursday reveals that the Republican Party counts an actual S.S. commander among its constituents.According to the Daily Beast, Michael Karkoc made three separate donations to the RNC between September 2013 and May 2014 totaling $3,850—after the AP uncovered hi
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  • The U.S. Navy Is Poisoning Local Water Supplies Across the Nation With Toxic Chemicals

    In hundreds of towns across America, citizens are becoming collateral damage.Washington State's Whidbey Island already has problems with inadequate water supplies. Located in Puget Sound, the residents have to face a long, dry summer with no aquifer replenishment and ongoing threats of saltwater intrusion.But now they have to deal with the U.S. Navy introducing toxic chemicals into Whidbey Island's public and private wells, particularly in the area around the small town of Coupeville, where the
  • Gary Cohn Faked Bad Connection in Conference Call to Get Trump Off the Phone: Report

    White House staffers continue to treat the president like a child.
    White House economic adviser Gary Cohn faked a bad phone connection in order to fool President Donald Trump into hanging up — because it was the only way to get him to stop talking.Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) told CNN’s Poppy Harlow and John Berman about a conference call with Cohn in which Trump rang in from Asia, then wouldn’t stop talking.Harlow asked about reporting that said Carper turned to Cohn during Trump&rs
  • Roy Moore Has Some Alabama Women Voting Blue for the First Time in Their Lives

    A new report finds a few are even canvassing for Doug Jones.Women who have been lifelong supporters of the Republican Party are quietly defecting to the other side thanks to the GOP’s unwavering support of accused child molester Roy Moore, said The Daily Beast on Wednesday.Patricia Murphy spoke to a number of women who are voting and even canvassing for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones thanks to Moore’s long history of alleged child sex predation, stalking and se
  • Donald Trump Lashes Out at LaVar Ball and the NFL in Racist Morning Tweetstorm

    The president's message to his base couldn't be any clearer.This morning, Donald Trump woke up to continue demanding that LaVar Ball bow down and be thankful.It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think LaVar, you could have s
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  • Lara Trump Is Building a Propaganda Empire on Facebook

    Remember Trump TV? It’s still very much a thing.Given the numerous and frequent ways in which President Donald Trump runs over political norms and traditions, it becomes easy to forget some of the more outrageous ways in which he does so. One particularly salient example of this is the fact that Trump has been officially running for re-election since Jan. 20, the day he was sworn into office. (It's amusing to re-read the conservative Weekly Standard's tut-tutting against then-presiden
  • Unhinged Trump Fans Are Mistakenly Hate-Tweeting 'Reading Rainbow' Star LeVar Burton

    They seem to have confused him for the president's newest target, LaVar Ball.LeVar Burton, the actor who’s best known for his past work in “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” is getting bombarded with angry tweets from Trump fans who have mistaken him for LaVar Ball.LaVar Ball — the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball, whom President Donald Trump helped free after he got caught shoplifting in China — has been in a public fe
  • Conservative MSNBC Host Nicolle Wallace 'Repulsed' by Trump's Support of Roy Moore

    Click here for reuse options!“There’s nothing normal about throwing your weight behind a child molester."Nicolle Wallace, a conservative MSNBC host who worked in the administration of President George W. Bush, explained that President Trump's Tuesday remarks about embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore "repulsed" her.“I have this physical feeling of just being repulsed [...] I don’t know what other word to use other than repulsed, that the head of the Rep
  • Can Congress Stop Trump's March to War?

    Foreign policy consensus in Washington isn’t always a good thing. With this man’s finger on the button and consensus against him, we need it.President Trump has been back from his embarrassing Asian trip for a week now. He is still embarrassing the nation by declaring that he should have left some American college athletes in jail in China because one of their fathers failed to show him proper personal fealty:Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years
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  • Trump Wants Ivanka and Jared Kushner to Return to New York: Report

    Click here for reuse options!The president appears to have lost faith in his son-in-law's political advice.White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has not been impressed by the amateur efforts of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. He's increasingly reduced Kushner's power in the West Wing and recently expressed displeasure behind the scenes about Kushner's recent trip to Saudi Arabia.In a surprising shift, Trump himself is now getting sick of the Kushner sideshow. The president sug
  • Trump Privately Questioned the Veracity of Sexual Assault Claims Against Roy Moore: Report

    Click here for reuse options!The president compared the allegations to the ones against himself.President Donald Trump reportedly questioned the veracity of sexual assault claims against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore prior to his near-endorsement on Tuesday. This comes from a late Tuesday report from Politico. The Politico report explains:"During animated conversations with senior Republicans and White House aides, the president said he doubted the stories presented by Moore
  • Has the Telecom Industry Just Been Busted for a Secret Lobbying Campaign to Kill Net Neutrality?

    Click here for reuse options!New York State's attorney general said FCC was targeted by fake lobbying, but it is obstructing his investigation.It’s no surprise that the GOP-dominated Federal Communications Commission announced plans Tuesday to jettison Obama-era net neutrality rules, which barred internet gatekeepers from imposing a matrix of new fees pegged to user habits.In typical corporate double-speak, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that removing price-goug
  • Trump Betrayed His Loyal Alt-Right Following by Moving to Axe Net Neutrality

    "The new bill would make telecoms like Comcast actual juries of content, forcing users to pay more for speedier access to some website."Right-wingers celebrated the Trump administration’s move to roll back Obama-era protections on net neutrality, which bar corporate internet service providers from blocking or slowing down sites at will. Alex Jones’ InfoWars lauded the move as “freeing” the Internet from the grips of Obama’s overreach, and alt-right journal
  • 'You'll Never Work Again': Women Tell How Sexual Harassment Broke Their Careers

    Actors, writers, comedians and journalists speak out about the toll that sexual assault and harassment in the workplace took on their futures.As women come forward with accusations of sexual harassment in politics, media, entertainment and other fields, following the flood of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, it is striking how many of their stories share the same ending.Either the alleged abuse, the victim’s refusal to stay quiet, or both, slams the door on cri
  • Sexual harassment in DC vs La La Land

    While reading the Morning Jolt today I noticed that National Review’s Jim Geraghty is delving into some of the same questions we’ve been asking about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace and whether some industries are more prone to it than others. He’s exploring the idea of whether or not Hollywood and the Beltway political media crowds are really all that different.
    Are they? Well, at least on the surface, sure. But perhaps not as different as you might hope.
  • Conyers: I knew nothing about a settlement! Or did I? Buzzfeed: Wanna bet? Update: Pelosi demands Ethics probe

    From all the potential responses to a deep-dive report based on verified legal documents about a sexual harassment case, John Conyers chose … poorly. He denied knowing anything about a settlement executed in 2015 with a former staffer, telling the media that he watched the BuzzFeed story unfold “with amazement”:
    Longtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers has told The Associated Press that he hasn’t settled any sexual harassment complaints with any staff members.
    Conyers, w
  • In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

    Ending pot prohibition is only the beginning. We also need to repair the harms caused by it, and expunging old convictions is a start.
    When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug.&ldqu
  • CBS fires Charlie Rose; Update: So does PBS

    Yesterday’s WaPo story was so brutal that it alone probably would have sunk him even if no more accusers had come forward.
    But other accusers are coming forward.Sadly, my inbox is already flooded with women who have had similar, disturbing encounters with Charlie Rose. My email is amy.brittain@washpost.com Please reach out if you have any information to share.Our reporting continues. @irin https://t.co/i8fgF8wabB
    — Amy Brittain (@AmyJBrittain) November 20, 2017This wound to CBS was g
  • The Trump Tax Plan Wants to Create a Nation of Idiots

    Republicans' newest legislation is an attack on the very institution of higher learning. The House tax bill is an all-out attack on the future prosperity of America, not that any of the major news organizations are telling you that in plain English. Lost in the dense bureaucratic language of modern news reports is the simple fact that the House bill takes from striving students so that the already rich and major corporations can have more.This bill is a long-term disaster in terms of what econom
  • NY Times opinion: Capitalism is a threat to the world and must be replaced

    The NY Times published an opinion piece yesterday titled “The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid” which argues that capitalism is the real threat to the environment, a threat which must be eradicated if we are to survive. There’s nothing subtle about this piece. The author, who is a professor at Arizona State University, says capitalism is the problem and environmentalism is the movement that can supersede it:The real culprit of the climate crisis is not any par
  • Is Trump Going to Deport 59,000 Haitians Who Fled a Humanitarian Crisis?

    Click here for reuse options!Many of those with temporary protected status have planted deep roots in the U.S.Late Monday night, the Trump administration announced it is ending a program allowing 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States after fleeing the 2010 earthquake that decimated their country and its infrastructure. The announcement comes three months before their current work permits expire. Recipients of the program, known as Temporary Protected Status, can renew their
  • While Istanbul erupted, CNN Turkey aired a show about… penguins

    Since this happened on the other side of the world it didn’t get nearly as much attention as it would have at home. Back in 2013, when a new round of protests broke about across Turkey in response to the policies of their government, including then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CNN Turk (the local affiliate) chose to cover the story from a slightly different angle. They put on a documentary about Penguins. (Daily Caller)
    Nothing exemplifies CNN Turk’s allegiance to Turkey&rsqu
  • Zimbabwe parliament leader: Hey, I just got Mugabe’s resignation letter!

    The Robert Mugabe era in Zimbabwe has ended. At least, that’s the word from Jacob Mudenda, the speaker of the country’s parliament, who had just begun the process of impeaching the 37-year dictator in the midst of a military coup. But is it on the level?The moment the speaker of Zimbabwe's parliament read out Robert Mugabe's letter of resignation https://t.co/ookRf1pBzM pic.twitter.com/eT5kRpNpnM
    — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 21, 2017Zimbabwe’s Parliament ha
  • New ad from Alabama Dem throws some surprising quotes at Roy Moore

    Turnabout is fair play. Moore spent the primary insisting that he was the Trump candidate in the race, never mind POTUS’s endorsement of Luther Strange. Now here’s Democrat Doug Jones claiming that he’s the Trump candidate in the race — the Ivanka Trump candidate, per what she said about Moore a few days ago. He tosses anti-Moore quotes from Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby in there too, all part of Jones’s plan to peel off enough disgusted Republicans from Moore to
  • How on Earth Are We Allowing George W. Bush's Reputation to Be Rehabilitated?

    The enemy of our enemy is still a war criminal.He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates. He published a “runaway” bestselling autobiography. Last February, a lavishly produced book celebrating his paintings of Americans who served in the military was, as Time put it, “burning up the Amazon charts.”Still, the liberal media wasn’t ready to embrace George W. Bush -- not at least until he made some oblique criticisms of the current te
  • Big Apple Mayor sharpens up the long knives for his own party

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is fresh off a winning reelection bid and clearly has things on his mind which range far beyond the problems plaguing the Big Apple. One of the latest trends among Democrats is to dump on Bill Clinton and express their disappointment in the fact that he didn’t resign from the presidency when he was hit with his own sex scandal back in the 90s. New York politicians in particular are jumping on that bandwagon and de Blasio didn’t want to be left behin
  • Robert Reich: Jim Crow Is Making a Furious Comeback

    The former secretary of labor warns hundreds of thousands are being disenfranchised.The New Poll Tax Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being denied the right to vote because they are poor. In nine states, Republican legislators have enacted laws that disenfranchise anyone with outstanding legal fees or court fines. For example, in Alabama more than 100,000 people who owe money – roughly 3 percent of the state’s voting-age population – have been struck from voting
  • Boom: CBS This Morning drops the hammer on Charlie Rose

    Viewers of CBS This Morning had to wonder what would happen today after the abrupt ouster of co-host Charlie Rose over allegations of sexual harassment. After all, other similar stories got coverage on the show today, including an update on Roy Moore’s denials of sexual predation in the late 1970s, another on Al Franken’s second accuser, and a third on the new exposé of John Conyers’ settlement. Give Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King credit for knowing they had to lea
  • The Kohn-Franken cage match will be totally awesome

    (The original version of this article included several references to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, which the author can only attribute to sleep deprivation or oncoming dementia. Those references have been removed with apologies for the confusion.)
    The pressure is growing for Senator Al Franken to… do the right thing?
    It’s not often that I find myself in the position of needing to sing the praises of CNN contributor Sally Kohn, but she’s certainly demonstrating some admirable consi
  • Sexual harassment meets corruption: Most senior House member exposed

    Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. Yesterday evening brought us three more long-buried stories of sexual harassment and “open secrets,” but one of them involved public corruption — and might finally pull the lid off Capitol Hill. Buzzfeed’ Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa verified documents provided to them by alt-right activist Mike Cernovich that detail a sexual harassment settlement involving the most senior House member, John Conyers (D-MI):
    Michiga
  • A familiar judge wastes more of our time over sanctuary city orders

    Here we go again.
    A judge in northern California has stepped in to “permanently” block one of President Trump’s orders regarding Justice Department grant money for sanctuary cities which refuse to uphold the law. This action will obviously be appealed, as several other such rulings have been, but for the time being, District Court Judge William Orrick III scores himself another turn in the headlines. (Associated Press)
    A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Don
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  • For Intelligent and Sensitive Turkeys, Thanksgiving Is Nothing to Cluck About

    Click here for reuse options!The suffering these birds endure is considered standard by the industrial agriculture industry.Thanksgiving always meant gratitude, happiness and eating turkey at my Aunt Mollie’s house. It wasn’t until later, when I learned what turkeys go through to arrive at our table, that I began to see the holiday differently.Suddenly, the day felt utterly depressing. So much of the dinnertable conversation revolved around the remains of a tortured animal who w
  • “Walking Dead” grumble thread: Rick vs. Daryl in the World Series of love

    Did I hallucinate or did this show actually treat a Rick/Daryl brawl as an afterthought to the apparently much more important business of random Saviors sitting around a table and bickering? We’ve been waiting years for this, and thanks to the show’s pacing, each of those years felt like a decade. And they treated it like no big deal. Imagine a “Kirk brawls with Spock” episode of “Star Trek” in which all but two minutes of airtime are consumed by the aliens of
  • Conflicting stories, lack of information over TX Border Patrol agent’s murder

    A Border Patrol agent is dead and another hospitalized following something along the Texas border. Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed Sunday near Van Horn, a town of about two thousand, a few hundred miles east of El Paso.What is known … really isn’t much, and the lack of information is disturbing. The FBI and CBP say Martinez and his partner were responding to “activity” but declined to reveal exactly what that means. They’ve not released a timeline of what happene
  • Undercover informant confronted FBI handlers about Uranium One deal, was told ‘politics’ was involved

    The Hill has a follow-up report on the blockbuster from last month about the FBI’s uncovering of a Russian bribery and extortion plot to gain access to the U.S. nuclear market. The new report rebuts claims that the undercover investigation had no connection to the Uranium One sale to Russia’s Rosatom. As an example, Reuters reported last week that undercover informant William Campbell never mentioned the Rosatom purchase of Uranium One during interviews:Some people who know
  • Charles Manson got far better than he deserved

    It will probably be a couple of days before Charles Manson is laid to rest, assuming they can find someplace willing to allow his cursed body to be lowered into their ground. But he died much as he had lived for most of the last half century… imprisoned, but still the focus of an endless media circus which seemed to feed him in some twisted way. It feels vulgar to talk about a monster like Manson in terms of a “legacy” but there’s no question he became a sort of anti-cel
  • Trump: Yes, North Korea is a terror-supporting state

    Long overdue, but also probably a lot more rhetorical than substantial. Citing the horrendous treatment of Otto Warmbier as an example, Donald Trump announced earlier today that he will reinstate North Korea to the Treasury list of state sponsors of terrorism. The change reverses the last vestiges of a nuclear proliferation deal that died years ago:Trump: North Korea has ‘repeatedly supported’ acts of terrorism from CNBC.
    President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. is designating
  • Rep. DeGette: Former Rep. Bob ‘filthy’ Filner ‘tried to pin me…and kiss me’ on an elevator

    Do you remember San Diego Mayor Bob Filner? He became known as “filthy Filner” back in 2013 after more than a dozen women came forward claiming he had sexually harassed them. Filner denied it at the time but later resigned from his position. But before Filner was the Mayor of San Diego he served as a Democratic congressman from 1993 until 2012. Today, Rep. Diana DeGette said on MSNBC that, Rep. Filner tried to kiss her in an elevator during his tenure in Congress.
    “Some years a
  • Whoa: Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them

    Eight is a big number. And WaPo really ate its Wheaties on sourcing it. Some women are identified by name, some aren’t, but every woman has friends or colleagues who spoke to the paper to corroborate that they heard their stories long ago. The real coup, though, is getting Rose’s former executive producer, Yvette Vega, on the record seemingly admitting that she knew Rose was up to no good. Actual quote: “I should have stood up for them,” she said of Rose’s accusers.
  • Zanu-PF: The Mugabe heave-ho will start tomorrow

    The message from Robert Mugabe’s own party seems to be … No more Mr. Nice Guy. Despite their best efforts to give the dictator a face-saving retirement after 37 years of dictatorial power, Mugabe double-crossed them in yesterday’s speech. Zanu-PF wants to move ahead with Emmerson Mnangagwa quickly enough to keep the popular unrest from creating a wider revolt against the Marxist party, so now the gloves are off:
    Zimbabwe’s ruling party says it has instructed its chi
  • Newsweek: How can we make progress on gender roles when women still prefer rich, muscular dudes?

    To cleanse the palate. Alternate headline via Ben Howe: “People are attracted to the things they are attracted to, which is a huge problem.”Implausibly, this was written by a woman, not a scrawny male freelancer. In the spirit of equality, look for my forthcoming post, “How can we make progress on gender roles when men still prefer fit young women who wear a C-cup?”
    Muscles and money are qualities that straight women and gay men typically find attractive in men, according
  • Kathy Griffin: I’ve been blacklisted and ‘forces’ are against me

    Comedian Kathy Griffin is still trying to recover from her severed head stunt earlier this year. Saturday, in the midst of her “Laugh your head off” tour of Europe, she posted a video on YouTube titled “Kathy Griffin’s State of the Union.” In the clip, Griffin complains she is being blacklisted in the U.S. and says no one wants to have her on television anymore. Griffin also awkwardly connects her experience to the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood ev
  • Sexual harassment at the SEIU? Say it isn’t so!

    So we have sexual harassment investigations in Hollywood, in the media and even in Congress. But surely they don’t have such foul behavior taking place at the labor unions, do they? Those are the homes of equality, fair treatment and protection for all. Unfortunately, I’m afraid even they aren’t free of the scourge of men (almost exclusively) using their position of authority to take advantage of women (most of the time). One of the largest of the unions, the Service Employees
  • Moore accuser: I told people — I just didn’t go public

    Why did Leigh Corfman wait so long to publicly accuse Roy Moore of molestation? The Alabama senatorial candidate and his allies have hit Corfman hard over this very point, noting that Moore has long been a public figure in Alabama, including runs for office prior to 2017. Why wait until now, when voters had already nominated Moore in the special election primary?
    Savannah Guthrie challenges Corfman on this argument in an interview on NBC’s Today this morning. Does this prove that
  • Is Ivanka Trump a Target of Investigation Now? It Seems Inevitable

    Ivanka is deeply implicated in her family’s involvement with foreign corruption.
    Social media had a bit of fun this weekend making fun of this Thanksgiving table tweet from Ivanka Trump's "lifestyle" brand: Have no idea how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Problem solved: https://t.co/2ssrjO7yPl pic.twitter.com/f4T1Oqr5c7— Ivanka Trump HQ (@IvankaTrumpHQ) November 16, 2017 It is a bizarre looking display and Twitter went to town: May I suggest a tablecloth motif: p
  • Trump voter: If Jesus himself told me Trump was colluding with Russia, I’d check with Trump

    Yes, right, it’s just one guy and he’s exaggerating for effect. (I think.) But it’s a reminder as Mueller moves towards Trump’s inner circle that congressional Republicans have a major, major problem on their hands if the special counsel finds anything incriminating Trump himself. Not every Trump supporter would go as far as CNN’s panelist here but some would, and those people won’t tolerate any effort to remove Trump from office. Paul Ryan could conceivably f

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