• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Removes Three Key Words from Mission Statement

    The agency will no longer acknowledge that we are a "nation of immigrants."'Nation of Immigrants' Off Citizenship Agency MissionThe federal agency charged with processing immigration applications to the United States slashed the phrase “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement on Thursday. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director, L.
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  • Robert Reich: American Society Is Fundamentally Broken

    We've lost all sense of the common good. Here's how we get it back.In 1963 over 70 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing all or most of the time; nowadays only 16 percent do. There has been a similar decline in trust for corporations. In the late 1970s, 32 percent trusted big business, by 2016, only 18 percent did. Trust in banks has dropped from 60 percent to 27 percent. Trust in newspapers, from 51 percent to 20 percent. Public trust has also plummeted for non
  • Could Donald Trump Cancel the Mid-Term Elections?

    Yale historian Timothy Snyder presents a chilling scenario. In his 2017 New York Times bestselling book "On Tyranny," Yale historian Timothy Snyder warned that the American people only had one year to stop Donald Trump from causing serious and perhaps irreversible harm to our democracy, as well as other social and political institutions.Snyder's concerns were centered on how the rule of law, reality and truth, civil and human rights, and the ways Americans interact with each
  • Are You Drinking Radioactive Water? Use This Interactive Map to Find Out

    170 million Americans drink radioactive tap water as Trump nominee faked data to hide the cancer risk.Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans contains radioactive elements at levels that may increase the risk of cancer, according to an EWG analysis of 2010 to 2015 test results from public water systems nationwide.  Radiation in tap water is a serious health threat, especially during pregnancy. But the Environmental Protection Agency’s legal limits for several types of
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  • 4 Crazy Ideas Conservatives Proposed This Week for Preventing Gun Violence (Instead of Gun Control)

    Click here for reuse options!None of these will make schools safer. There a few potential solutions that could deter mass shootings in the U.S. We need legislation; it’s too easy to buy automatic weapons built for warfare. We also need to rework the deeply rooted psychological problems that prompt men to take up arms; our culture of hypermasculinity fosters in some young men a tendency for violence (an alarming pattern of misogyny and domestic violence can be found among recent mass killer
  • Trump Expresses Open Confusion, Visibly Fidgets Through Meeting on School Shooting Prevention

    “Honestly, I don’t know what that means," the president says at one point.President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to get completely lost during a discussion on preventing school shootings being held at the White House.During the talk, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill talked about active measures that schools can take during shootings that can go into effect automatically without the police even being on the scene.“We also have countermeasures that can be employed by the
  • Watch Ari Melber's Savage Takedown of This NRA-Backed Republican

    The congressman was not ready for the host's searing questions.From the beginning of his interview with Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), MSNBC host Ari Melber blasted the positions of the National Rifle Association-backed congressman in the wake of last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.“There’s no constitutional right to have those guns like an AR-15,” Melber said, referencing the weapon used by Parkland suspect Nikolas Cruz and a majority of attackers in recent mass shoo
  • Parkland Survivor: Trump 'Didn’t Make Me Feel Better in the Slightest'

    Samantha Fuentes told the New York Times she found the president's attempts to console her "unimpressive."Even as his administration faces criticism for failing to act to reduce gun violence, President Donald Trump has made a show of trying to listen to the victims of the recent Parkland shooting and express compassion for their experiences.It didn't work.In an interview with the New YorkTimes, one survivor, Samanta Fuentes, said that she was unmoved by Trump's efforts at consolation. She was sh
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  • Businesses Are Fleeing the NRA in Wake of Parkland School Shooting

    The organization's reputation is becoming completely toxic.Seen as inexcusably rigid and unreasonable in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the NRA is losing numerous business partners over fear of incurring the public's wrath.The First National Bank of Omaha, the largest private bank in the country, was first to announce a split with the organization Thursday, saying it will end its NRA Visa Card contract. "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," bank
  • Jared Kushner's Shady Russian Contacts Are Reportedly Why He Can't Get a Full Security Clearance

    Despite the FBI's suspicions, the president's son-in-law still enjoyed top-level access.Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide, still lacks a full security clearance despite working in the White House for over a year. And according to a new report Thursday night, CNN has found that Rober Mueller's Russia investigation is the major roadblock to his getting cleared.As long as the investigators are examining Kushner's extensive foreign financial ties and his contacts with R
  • U.S. Citizenship Agency Adopts Trump's Hostile, Antagonistic View of Immigrants

    Click here for reuse options!The agency no longer calls the United States a "nation of immigrants."Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is adopting a more aggressive and skeptical view of immigrants — the very people the agency is designed to assist.Its shift in attitude was made clear Thursday in the agency's new mission statement, which removed the phrase "nation of immigrants," emphasized the need to "protect" Americans and ceased to refer to
  • Missouri's Republican Governor Eric Greitens Was Just Indicted on a Repulsive Charge

    He admitted to having an affair but is now accused of sexual blackmail.Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who had long been seen as a promising figure in the Republican Party, was indicted Thursday by his own state, court documents show. He is charged with invading a woman's privacy and taking compromising photos amid the continuing fallout surrounding the revelation of his extra-marital affair.The indictment charges Greitens with a first-degree felony for photographing the woman in 2015 "in a state o
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  • The Depressing Reason the Florida House Wouldn't Even Debate an Assault Rifle Ban

    Click here for reuse options!Teenagers who hope to change the world can start by voting in the midterms. Surely, you’ve seen the pictures. A handful of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students watched in dismay as the Florida House blocked debate on a bill to ban assault rifles, less than a week after 17 people were gunned down at their school.“I’m calling on every student/teacher/parent 2 exercise 1st Amendment Right & engage in sit-ins, protest, walkouts & legal
  • Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

    The namesake of the high school where 17 people were killed was a remarkable progressive activist—much like the students now demanding real gun control. There’s nothing on the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School website about the woman whose name adorns the school, so its students may not realize that in rising from last week’s tragedy to speak truth to power, they are following in Douglas’s activist footsteps.Douglas would certainly see a bi
  • Democracy Reformer Larry Lessig Files Lawsuits in Four States to Fix Our Electoral College System

    Click here for reuse options!The arguments for reforming the Electoral College are strong. But the legal path to get there is tenuous. Harvard law scholar and democracy reformer Larry Lessig has launched his latest David-vs.-Goliath fight to change one of the most unfair, unequal and seemingly invincible pillars of presidential elections: the Electoral College’s winner-take-all system of awarding votes in 48 states.“Beginning today, in four states across the country, lawsuits will be
  • Mass Shootings Shouldn’t Be the Only Time We Talk About Mental Illness

    That basically says it's OK to let millions of Americans suffer so long as they don't shoot anybody. After every mass shooting, we repeat all of the same things.Some call for gun control. Those against gun control say this isn’t the time to talk about it. The Onion reprints its story titled, “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens,” and updates the dateline to reflect the location of the new mass shooting.When the shooter i
  • Donald Trump Jr.'s Indian Vacation: The Family Cash-Grab Continues

    Don Jr. sell access overseas in the most blatant way imaginable.There's a lot going on with the Mueller investigation this week, with a previously unknown Dutch lawyer pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his phone calls with Trump's deputy campaign manager and shady Ukrainians and all. These latest charges from the special counsel are among the most obscure we've seen yet: They seem to be connected to some ugly episodes that took place in Ukraine in recent years under the directi
  • A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers

    The map’s creators envision equitable distribution of land and resources through “people-to-people” reparations. Last month, Dallas Robinson received an email from someone she didn’t know, asking if she would be open to receiving a large sum of money—with no strings attached. For once, it wasn’t spam. She hit reply.Robinson is a beginning farmer with experience in organic agriculture, and has had plans to establish the Harriet Tubman Freedom Farm on 10 acres o
  • 5 Places Hypocritical Republicans Ban Guns for Their Own Personal Safety

    Click here for reuse options!Do as they say, not as they do. After every mass shooting, a portion of this country insists the real problem is that there aren’t enough guns. The group that pushes this absurd lie includes Republican politicians, many of whom fear that admitting otherwise would drive away NRA donor funds. There's been a lot of recent discussion about how GOP legislators do nothing in response to gun massacres, but a 2016 Harvard Business School study proves that's n
  • Illinois Governor Drinks Chocolate Milk to Demonstrate His Commitment to Diversity

    A terrible move for Bruce Rauner.
    CHICAGO — In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity. "It's really, really good," Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink.
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  • Parkland Put a New Generation in the Spotlight, and They're Ready for It

    The youth movement out of the Parkland shooting shows teens born after 2000 are political, motivated and fed up They don't even have a real name yet — there's no way "Gen Z" or "iGeneration" are going to stick. But the young men and women born after 2000 have wasted zero time this year asserting that the next generation has arrived. They've basked in the glory of Olympic success, with Red Gerard and Chloe Kim becoming the first winter gold medalists born in the new century. And i
  • Disney Inadvertently Exposes Trump's Tax Cut for the Scam It's Been from the Start

    Click here for reuse options!A new complaint claims the House of Mouse is holding its $1,000 bonuses hostage. When Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, he touted the legislation as a financial boon for American labor. As recently as January, Trump pointed to $1,000 bonuses for employees that American Airlines, AT&T and Disney have announced as proof corporations would reinvest the billions of dollars they stand to save in their respective workforces. But if the president h
  • The History of Cartography, the “Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever,” Is Now Free Online

    Worth a quick mention: The University of Chicago Press has made available online -- at no cost -- the first three volumes of The History of Cartography. Or what Edward Rothstein, of The New York Times, called "the most ambitious overview of map making ever undertaken." He continues:
    People come to know the world the way they come to map it—through their perceptions of how its elements are connected and of how they should move among them. This is precisely what the series is attempting by
  • 5 Unforgettable Moments from CNN's Town Hall on Gun Control

    Click here for reuse options!The NRA may have finally met its match in the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.A CNN town hall Wednesday night offered a national platform for grief, anger and the growing call for gun reform following the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since the mass shooting, which left 17 dead, students have organized and participated in school walkouts, pushed for gun reform and created the March For Our Lives. Durin
  • The Big Pharma Family That Brought Us the Opioid Crisis

    Who will bring to justice the billionaires who have profited so royally from addiction.If the devil wears Prada, what do America’s most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, enough fatalities to decrease overall U.S. life expectancy at birth for the last two years running. Yet no police SWAT teams have pounded down any doors hunting these drug pushers down.These particular drug pushers h
  • America's Endless Wars Are Creating A Generational Struggle in the Classroom

    Educators are struggling with how to teach children about the Iraq war.I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center. It was the second meeting of “The Communist Manifesto for Seminarians,” a course for my fellow graduate students. By the time I got to class, both towers had collapsed. A few hours later, Building 7 came down as well. We dispensed with a planned discussion about what Marxists mean by “idealism” and “materialism” and talke
  • Don't Want a Robot to Replace You? Start Reading Literature

    Click here for reuse options!An economist and a literature scholar argue that studying the humanities is the key to job security. Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University, is an economist. Gary Saul Morson, his colleague, does close readings of Tolstoy. Together they teach a course on what economists can learn from the humanities and have co-authored a book, Cents and Sensibility, on
  • Google Digitizes and Puts Online a Vast Archive of Latino Artworks and Artifacts

    You can't understand human culture in the 21st century without understanding American culture, and as anyone who's spent time in most any major U.S. city knows, you certainly can't understand American culture without understanding Latino culture. I write this while traveling in Los Angeles, a city that makes that point with particularly impressive force, but just a few moments with an overview of Latino art will underscore the vitality it has provided America, and thus the world. You could do li
  • Marco Rubio Was Repeatedly Humiliated at CNN's Gun Control Town Hall

    The Florida senator had no answer for enraged parents and students.On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall featuring survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, their parents — and even an NRA spokeswoman — to talk about the possibility of real solutions to gun violence. Unfortunately, they also invited Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tried to offer as few solutions as possible.That didn't go unnoticed.Hours after the debate, Rubio retweeted a comment from N
  • What the Map of the United States Would Look Like If All 50 States Had Equal Populations

    In the U.S., recent electoral events with which we’re all quite familiar have prompted one particular radical re-evaluation of the political system, among many others: we find everyone from high-profile Constitutional scholars to anonymous commenters engaged in debates about the necessity, or democratic legitimacy, of the Electoral College. While the debate may not be new, it has reached an urgent intensity, and happens to occur at a time when everything seems up for grabs. When Neil Free
  • Watch Joan Baez Endearingly Imitate Bob Dylan (1972)

    Joan Baez was already heralded as the “Queen of Folk” by the time Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan arrived in New York City. Many things brought him to the burgeoning folk scene there, but Baez was the siren who called to a young Dylan through his television set long before he met her. He was smitten. He would write much later in Chronicles, Vol. 1, that she had “A voice that drove out bad spirits... she sang in a voice straight to God... Nothing she did didn’t work.”
  • Jim Hightower: What Essential Social Program Will the Trump Mob Try to Kill Next?

    Click here for reuse options!Presidential budgets aren't just numbers, they're statements of a president's moral principles. Breaking news: Trump & Company are a murderous mob!From the start of his White House tenure, the Trumpsters have plotted, stalked and serially killed vibrant members of the English Language.The word "Fact" was the first to go. Robust and universally respected, Fact was assassinated last year when one of Trump's hired killers poisoned it with an unknown substance nickna
  • Massive Archive of 78RPM Records Now Digitized & Put Online: Stream 78,000 Early 20th Century Records from Around the World

    Last summer we checked in with the Internet Archive’s Great 78 Project, a volunteer effort to digitize thousands of 78rpm records—the oldest mass-produced recording medium. Drawing on the expertise and vast holdings of preservation company George Blood, L.P., the ARChive of Contemporary Music, and over 20 more institutions from around the world, the project aims to save the recorded sounds of the past, and not only those that have come down to us through the efforts of highly select
  • What Made John Entwistle One of the Great Rock Bassists? Hear Isolated Tracks from “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Baba O’Riley” & “Pinball Wizard”

    Drummer Keith Moon was surely the most kinetic member of The Who—which is really saying a lot—but he was not the band’s best musician, even if he is routinely named one of the best drummers of all time. Moon knew the appeal of his playing often lay in the fact that it was like no one else’s: he described himself as the “greatest Keith Moon-type drummer in the world.” Nothing in rock approached his untamed excess, modeled after the far more disciplined flights
  • New hot ticket for Ohio teachers: free concealed carry classes

    It all started with a tweet from the Sheriff of Butler County, Ohio, and it seemed like a simple enough idea. How about free concealed carry classes for teachers in public schools?I am going to offer free concealed and Carry class free 2 teachers in butler county. Limited number.Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings.
    — Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 18, 2018Gun control advocates probably view this as being rather tasteless in the wake of the Florida sch
  • Watch 3000 Years of Art, a 1968 Experimental Film That Takes You on a Visual Journey Through 3,000 Years of Fine Art

    Even if we can't name them, we've all seen hundreds of the most important paintings in art history, and even if we can't name it, we've all heard "Classical Gas." 3000 Years of Art, the 1968 experimental film above, officiates an aesthetic union of about 2500 of those much-seen, highly influential images and Mason Williams' instrumental hit song, all in just over three minutes.
    Initially released on The Mason Williams Phonograph Record in 1967, the track went on, with the help of 
  • Learn to Code with Harvard’s Popular Intro to Computer Science Course: The 2017 Edition

    In recent months, Harvard has been rolling out videos from the 2017 edition of Computer Science 50 (CS50), the university's introductory coding course designed for majors and non-majors alike. Taught by David Malan, a perennially popular professor (you'll see why), the one-semester course (taught mostly in C) combines courses typically known elsewhere as "CS1" and "CS2."
    Even if you're not a Harvard student, you're welcome to follow CS50 online by heading over to&n
  • Yeeeesh: Video technology matches Trump’s face to … Alec Baldwin’s Trump skit on SNL

    To cleanse the palate, does this seem familiar? It should.It’s similar to this technology, which I wrote about two years ago. Researchers in that case were able to record facial expressions and mouth movements from a random person and sync them up via software to known footage of a famous person, like Barack Obama. Result: Obama would appear to make the same expressions and mouth movements as the random person, to a degree of verisimilitude almost indistinguishable from real video footage
  • New polls: No change in support for assault weapons ban, also huge spike in support for assault weapons ban

    Polls, man. What can you do? Can’t live with ’em, can’t live—
    I suppose we could live without them, actually. But then where would the easy blog content come from?
    New from Quinnipiac, whose numbers are almost always grim for Republicans:Dems are nearly unanimous, indies split two-thirds in favor, and Republicans are divided almost down the middle. Smells like a new AWB is cooking if/when Democrats regain control of government.
    But wait. New from WaPo:Two-thirds of Republ
  • Tavis Smiley sues PBS for breach of contract

    Tavis Smiley was suspended from his hosting job at PBS last December after “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.” Today, he sued his former employer for breach of contract. From the Washington Post:
    Talk-show host Tavis Smiley sued PBS on Tuesday, alleging that the network breached its contract and damaged his production company when it fired him in December over sexual-harassment allegations.
    Smiley has been o
  • MSNBC anchor: Kids or guns. What do you value more?

    Via the Free Beacon, this makes twice in five days that someone on MSNBC has waxed sanctimonious about the value of children’s lives, oblivious to the elephant in the room. (On Friday it was Kamala Harris.) If you want to defend gun-grabbing, have at it, but if you’re going to bring kids into it you’re obliged to deal with the elephant. If that means calling for gun control while studiously avoiding any insinuations about which party cares less about children, do that. If you w
  • NBC: They’re not leaving hearts in San Francisco

    Just how awful is San Francisco? Conservatives routinely deride the city for its politics, and especially for its most prominent elected official, Nancy Pelosi. However, a new report from the local NBC affiliate underscores how objectively awful the city has become. In the words of one expert who consulted on the city’s maintenance, its core areas rank worse in terms of public health than in third-world cities:How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangero
  • USA Today: 94% of women in Hollywood have experienced sexual misconduct

    USA Today published a survey of 843 women working in Hollywood. These respondents aren’t just actresses but people working in various trades within the industry, including producers and directors. The survey found that 94% claim to have experienced some kind of sexual harassment or misconduct during their careers.Nearly all of the women who responded to the survey (94%) say they have experienced some form of harassment or assault, often by an older individual in a position o
  • Artificial Intelligence is now replacing… gaydar

    Someday we will come across a story of how Artificial Intelligence is being used for completely benign purposes which improve the life of mankind and don’t scare the crap out of all of us. But, my friends, today is not that day.
    At the Washington Post, JD Schramm brings us a cautionary tale of how facial recognition software is being paired with other analysis programs and may soon be used to reveal all sorts of interesting attributes about you. The big ticket, headline item on that list i
  • Trump: I’m ordering Jeff Sessions to ban bump stocks

    An easy call for a president who’s under heavy pressure to act after the Parkland massacre, and who reportedly told aides “we have to do something.” The tricky part is “doing something” that wouldn’t involve any votes in Congress, as Republicans don’t want to get on the wrong side of gun-rights fans in a midterm year. If something’s to be done, the populist-in-chief will need to take the lead. Grassroots righties might hiss if Ryan or McConnell get
  • Politico: Yes, Dems really getting worried about midterms now

    Should they be? As much as they bragged about coasting to a new House majority over the last several months, the sudden and repeated hits on the panic button might give observers whiplash. Politico reports that dissension has grown in the ranks as polling has reversed itself not just on the generic Congressional ballot but on the economy and Donald Trump himself.
    All of this is cause for concern — but is it a trend, or a temporary blip?
    Now many Democrats say they’re watching nervous
  • Reporter who investigated Russian troll farm: Maybe this isn’t such a big deal

    Allahpundit mentioned this briefly earlier but I think it deserves even more attention. The Internet Research Agency is the Russian troll farm targeted last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Reporter Adrian Chen, who writes for the New Yorker, was one of the first people to offer an in-depth report on the group in a piece published by the New York Times Magazine back in the summer of 2015. Chen was also one of the first people to notice that employees of the IRA seemed to be moving to
  • Baltimore takes top honors as nation’s most dangerous city

    We’ve recently been discussing some of the good news out of Baltimore, with some extended periods without murders and citizens taking to the streets to try to suppress gang activity. That’s a refreshing change which I still maintain gives us cause for hope in what previously appeared to be a completely hopeless situation. But the minor steps forward toward the end of the year were not enough to overcome the flood of bodies the police were dealing with, and Charm City has been identif
  • Newsweek: Al Franken resigned because of alt-right bots or something

    Huh. I thought it was because he kept grabbing women’s asses and moving in for unwanted kisses.
    Or are his accusers members of Putin’s sinister troll army too?
    The original version of this story apparently claimed that the Franken takedown was a joint effort of the alt-right and of — ta da — Russian social media bots, until Snopes fact-checked it and humiliated the magazine into hasty revisions. I realize, in light of Russiagate and Friday’s indictment in particular
  • Today’s hot topics: Mueller indictments, status of dissent, CPAC preview, and more!

    Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! The show will be streamed on Hot Air’s Facebook page and embedded here and on the show page for those who are not on Facebook. (If it’s muted, right-click the video and choose Unmute.)Join us as we welcome:Andrew Malcolm joins us for Tuesdays with Andrew! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss all of the hot political stories of the day. We’ll talk about the latest indictment

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