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  • Analysis
    14 hours ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +14 +2

    'Our Porous Border' and Other Myths of Trump's Increasingly Popular Wall Mania

    Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and other major Republicans are spreading misinformation in support of the president's fixation on a border wall. By Nick Gillespie.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by ppp
    +23 +4

    Kraft opens ‘free’ grocery store for unpaid federal workers

    Kraft Heinz Co. is offering a helping hand to federal workers who have been without pay amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history by offering them unlimited free Kraft food products. The food giant announced Tuesday that it is opening a pop-up grocery store in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to help workers who are struggling to make ends meet.

  • Current Event
    11 hours ago
    by wildcat
    +3 +1

    In blow to Los Angeles, SpaceX is moving some Mars spaceship and booster work to Texas

    In a reversal of a deal local officials had touted as a win for Los Angeles tech, SpaceX will no longer build its Mars spaceship and rocket booster system at the Port of Los Angeles. Instead, work to develop and test the prototype will be done in south Texas. SpaceX said in a statement Wednesday that the decision was made to “streamline operations.”

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +3

    Texas canines contain DNA of red wolves declared extinct in 1980

    A pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carries a substantial amount of red wolf genes, researchers said, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists and others to develop a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other factors had led the animal to near decimation.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by gottlieb
    +21 +5

    After a boom year for new natural gas plants, renewables set to retake the lead

    In 2019, more renewable energy will be added to the grid than fossil fuel-based energy, according to estimates from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That had been the trend between 2013 and 2017, but last year new natural gas-fired power plants outpaced renewable additions to the grid. As a result, US carbon emissions increased, notably from the power sector, despite the rapid retirement of coal plants and a growing consciousness about the necessity of low-carbon energy.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +4

    R Kelly has been hiding out in Trump Tower Chicago

    On Friday, R Kelly received another visit from police — this time at Trump Tower Chicago, where the R&B singer has been hiding out, according to TMZ. Following the airing of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly, prosecutors in Cook County, IL encouraged Kelly’s alleged victims to “please come forward” in order to initiate an investigation. According to the Chicago Tribune, one tip they received said two women were being held against their will at Kelly’s Trump Tower residence.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by melaniee
    +8 +1

    50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

    In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine. The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by TentativePrince
    +15 +5

    Canadian air traffic controllers buy pizza for U.S. colleagues hit by shutdown

    Canadian air traffic controllers have bought hundreds of pizzas for their American counterparts over the past few days in what has become an industry-wide show of support during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown. Peter Duffey, the head of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, said the initiative began Thursday when employees at Edmonton’s control centre took up a collection to buy pies for controllers in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by canuck
    +19 +2

    President Trump can't stop U.S. coal plants from retiring

    More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +22 +5

    Foundation raising funds to repair national parks once shutdown ends

    Amid reports of overflowing trash cans and bathrooms at the nation’s national parks during the partial government shutdown, and the destruction of Joshua trees in Southern California, the charity supporting the parks system is seeking donations for repair once the government reopens. Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, said the fundraising drive launched Thursday night is most analogous to its efforts helping parks recover after natural disasters.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +14 +3

    Debt? What debt? At $22 trillion, here's the argument the national debt doesn't matter

    So much ink has been spilled for so long on the national debt, it might be nice if that $22 trillion plus on the red side of the US balance sheet just didn't really matter. That's exactly the thinking behind a new school of economic theory that the government should be spending more, not less.

  • Expression
    5 days ago
    by Appaloosa
    +20 +6

    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Drops Watchmen Fire in Response to Criticism

    House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) won the race for New York’s 14th congressional district by leading with her democratic socialist politics and running on a progressive platform advocating for an increased marginal tax rate on the wealthy and universal healthcare. Much to the surprise of her new colleagues on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez has not backed down on pushing for these ideas. And she’s using some nerdy quotes to do it.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by funhonestdude
    +10 +2

    Americans see themselves in debt forever, even as they continue to borrow

    Although shoppers kept credit card machines busy this holiday season, growing evidence indicates that Americans are starting to feel uneasy about the pile of debt to which we continue to add. A new survey from CreditCards.com finds that more than two in five Americans currently carrying debt don’t know when they’ll pay off those balances — and one in four say they expect their debts to outlive them. “It’s definitely a depressing statistic,” said Ted Rossman, industry analyst for the site. “When we did a similar study back in 2013, only 9 percent never expected to get out of debt, and now it’s 25 percent.”

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by yuriburi
    +15 +7

    Heroic bus driver rescues baby wandering streets alone in the cold

    An on-duty bus driver in Milwaukee knew what she had to do when she saw a young boy when a baby wandering around alone near busy streets. Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver Irena Ivic spotted the boy, wearing only a red onesie and no shoes, running down the sidewalk at 8 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2018. Surveillance video from the bus shows Ivic's view of the boy as he ran over a freeway overpass. Another security camera captured her reaction in the driver's seat.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by geoleo
    +17 +5

    Trump administration wants to reclassify leaking nuclear waste to avoid cleaning it up, say officials

    Donald Trump's administration has been accused of trying to downplay the danger of nuclear waste so it can "abandon its responsibility to clean up their mess". A federal government plan to reclassify this waste as less dangerous has been fiercely criticised by officials in Washington state, who said the move would allow it to walk away from its responsibility to clean up millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive material.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by funhonestdude
    +16 +3

    Lax state gun laws linked to more child, teen gun deaths

    States with strict gun laws have lower rates of gun deaths among children and teenagers, and laws to keep guns away from minors are linked with fewer gun suicides in this age group, a Stanford study found. Compared with U.S. states with the strictest gun control legislation, gun deaths among children and teenagers are twice as common in states with the most lax gun laws, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +3

    How Communist China Steals American Secrets and Endangers U.S. Security

    At a press conference held on Dec. 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the prosecution of two hackers from communist China. According to the DOJ, they were members of the hacking unit APT10, which is affiliated with the Chinese regime’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). The MSS is China’s only official intelligence agency, and is relatively new given the long history of communist Chinese espionage.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by wildcard
    +12 +2

    AT&T Plans to Fire 7,000 People Despite Tax Breaks, Net Neutrality Repeal

    When the GOP passed tax reform in 2017 the party justified it's corporate tax cuts claims that the reductions would boost US employment wages and the economy in general. The FCC justified it's repeal of net neutrality by arguing that the regulation of wireless and wireline service was hampering innovation imposing ruinous costs and harming the telcos ISPs and cellular service providers in the United States.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by weekendhobo
    +10 +2

    Opinion | Why Autocrats Love Emergencies

    Crises are a time-tested means of subverting democracy. From Getúlio Vargas and other better-known dictators in the 1930s to Indira Gandhi and Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and on to Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan more recently, autocratic-minded leaders have long used national emergencies — some real, some fabricated — to claim extraordinary powers. One of our greatest concerns about Donald Trump’s presidency has always been that he would exploit (or invent) a crisis in order to justify an abuse of power. Recent events have given this concern new immediacy.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by bkool
    +21 +4

    Barefoot toddler saved by bus driver

    A bus driver in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been honoured for saving a toddler wandering alone in freezing conditions. Irena Ivic, who works for the Milwaukee County Transit System, spotted the child running along an overpass in December.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by wildcard
    +33 +5

    Netflix Won't Film TV Show in North Carolina Due to State's Anti-LGBTQ Law

    North Carolina's controversial legislation is impacting Hollywood's decision to film in the state. Netflix has opted to film its upcoming North Carolina-set series OBX, a coming-of-age drama set in a fictional town in North Carolina's Outer Banks, in South Carolina instead due to remnants of North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2. Best known as "the bathroom bill," the law requires transgender people use the public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. The legislation first drew criticism when it was enacted in 2016, with some studios even pulling their projects out of the state.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by jasont
    +10 +2

    Shutdown of the US government becomes the longest in their history

    The "shutdown" or US government shutdown that paralyzes some of the federal administrations of the US government has become the longest in the history of the United States on the night of Friday to Saturday, entering its 22nd day. This partial halt to the functioning of the federal authorities, which began on December 22, now exceeds 21 days of "shutdown" under the presidency of Bill Clinton in 1996.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by mariogi
    +21 +5

    Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data

    Last year, four of the largest U.S. cell carriers were caught selling and sending real-time location data of their customers to shady companies that sold it on to big spenders, who would use the data to track anyone “within seconds” for whatever reason they wanted. At first, a little-known company LocationSmart was obtaining (and leaking) real-time location data from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint and selling access through another company, 3Cinteractive, to Securus, a prison technology company, which tracked phone owners without asking for their permission.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by everlost
    +12 +3

    Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive in Wisconsin

    Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who vanished after her parents were found dead in their northwestern Wisconsin home, has been found alive, the Barron County Sheriff's Department said. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin notified the Barron County Sheriff's Department on Thursday that they had located Jayme alive.

  • Analysis
    8 days ago
    by rexall
    +22 +6

    Crashing author earnings 'threaten future of American literature'

    A major survey of American authors has uncovered a crash in author earnings described as “a crisis of epic proportions” – particularly for full-time literary writers, who are “on the verge of extinction”. Surveying its membership and that of 14 other writers’ organisations in what it said was the largest survey of US authors’ earnings ever conducted, the Authors Guild reported that the median income from writing-related work fell to a historic low in 2017 at $6,080 (£4,760), down 42% from 2009.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by TNY
    +22 +5

    Tesla sued after fatal crash, accused of making “unreasonably dangerous” car

    The family of a Florida man who died in a high-speed accident involving a Tesla has sued the automaker, alleging that his Tesla's battery was defective and that the company was negligent when it removed a speed governor on the car. According to the lawsuit, Edgar Monserratt v. Tesla—which was filed Tuesday in Broward County court—Monserratt's 18-year-old son was a front-seat passenger in a 2014 Tesla S being driven by another person, Barrett Riley.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by darvinhg
    +28 +9

    US national debt has increased $2 trillion since Trump took office

    The US national debt has increased by more than $2 trillion dollars since Donald Trump entered the White House, according to new data. Figures released by the Treasury Department showed the debt stood at $21.974 trillion at the end of 2018, more than $2 trillion higher than when Mr Trump took office. The debt stood represented 78 per cent of the US’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the fiscal year 2018, the highest percentage since 1950, analysis by CNN concluded.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by bradd
    +15 +3

    FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has suspended all routine domestic food facility inspections amid the partial government shutdown. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told The Washington Post that he is putting together a plan to resume inspections of facilities that are deemed "high-risk." The agency, which oversees the majority of the country's food supply, typically conducts roughly 160 routine inspections per week, the Post reported.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by Petrox
    +15 +7

    Ellen still wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars

    Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is campaigning hard for Kevin Hart to take back his spot hosting this year's Oscars. Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting last month after tweets from 2009-2011 resurfaced with derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments about sexuality. Hart said at the time that he was giving up the job because he was sorry for the hurt he caused and did not want to be a distraction, and in another statement said he did not want to contribute to "feeding the internet trolls" who dug up the tweets.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +6

    Christians and Jews overrepresented in new U.S. Congress — nonreligious most underrepresented

    More than 6 percent of the new Congress is Jewish, with 34 Jews among the total of 535 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, so Congress as a whole is more than thrice as Jewish as the country in general, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center on religion in the new Congress, which was inaugurated Thursday.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by capoti
    +21 +6

    3 people dead in shooting at a bowling alley in Southern California

    A shooting at a bowling alley late Friday left three men dead and four people injured in Southern California, authorities said. Police said they were called to the Gable House Bowl in Torrance shortly before midnight. A witness said that gunshots rang out after a fight inside the building.

  • Analysis
    8 days ago
    by canuck
    +22 +3

    One third of Americans consider living abroad

    Their reasons include retirement and leaving a bad or disappointing situation in the US. Drawing on data collected in 2014, researchers Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), and Dr Helen Marrow of Tufts University, USA, identified the reasons for this as: exploration (87.4%); retirement (50.8%); leaving a bad or disappointing situation in the US (49.0%); and working (48.3%).

  • Analysis
    8 days ago
    by kxh
    +18 +3

    Newly Released FOIA Documents Shed Light on Border Patrol’s Seemingly Limitless Authority

    After a four-year legal battle, the ACLU obtained more than 1,000 pages of CBP training documents, which were shared exclusively with The Intercept.

  • Analysis
    13 days ago
    by ckshenn
    +34 +6

    Jailed, Raped, Deported—and Desperate to Return Home to America

    The tragic story of a family ravaged by the U.S. immigration system.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by rexall
    +16 +5

    House Democrats prepare to probe disputed North Carolina election

    House Democrats are preparing to launch their own investigations into the disputed congressional election in North Carolina, where Republican Mark Harris’ campaign is facing fraud allegations and the state elections board had refused to certify the results. Harris’ campaign has sued in state court to be seated in Congress, despite an ongoing investigation by the elections board that suffered a setback when the board was dissolved at the end of 2018.