Friday, 20 July 2018

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Why Republicans Want the 2020 Census to Fail

The writers of Article I Sec. 2 of the Constitution, which mandates a census every ten years, did not have satellite analysis and probabilistic sampling in mind. Neither did they imagine a United States with more than 325 million people spread across the fourth largest country on Earth. But having created…

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Two Cousins Charged in Grisly Pennsylvania Murders

A missing persons case in Pennsylvania took a shocking turn on Friday afternoon when the Bucks County district attorney Matthew D. Weintraub charged 20-year-old cousins with killing four men, burning their bodies and burying them on a family farm in Solebury Township. Officials from Bucks County, in a press release,…

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Russiagate and the Magnitsky Affair, Linked Again

When I first read the explosive New York Times story about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with “Kremlin-linked lawyer” Natalia Veselnitskaya, I had multiple reactions. The first was amazement at Junior’s sheer stupidity (responding affirmatively to “If you would like to participate in our country’s state-sponsored effort to help your father’s…

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Kid Rock's Politics: Everything You Need to Know

Republican rocker Kid Rock coyly teased a run for the United States Senate on his social media this week. Though his formal candidacy is uncertain, in the age of a Trump presidency, officials – including Senator Elizabeth Warren – are taking the rocker at his word.  I have had a ton…

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25 Best 'Game of Thrones' Episodes – Updated

When you play the Game of Thrones, you play it one hour at a time. With a novelistic sprawl inherited from author George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the popular HBO show often feels less like a premium-cable series and more like a 73-hour…

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Mitch McConnell's Precarious Health Care Balancing Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he was delaying a scheduled congressional recess by two weeks – the legislative equivalent of locking his conference in a room and telling them no one is leaving until this Obamacare repeal thing is sorted out once and for all. And indeed, on…

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wants to Revive D.A.R.E. Program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. “D.A.R.E. is, I think, as I indicated, the best remembered anti-drug program today,” Sessions said while speaking at the Drug…

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'I Don't Think That's Relevant': Congress Reacts to Trump Jr. Emails

Senate Republican leaders had hoped to focus on getting their unpopular health insurance reform bill over the finish line when they returned from a week of BBQs and fireworks. Instead, their first full day back in Washington after their July 4th break was spent dodging questions about the emails Donald Trump…

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North Korea Isn't the Only Rogue Nuclear State

As if the last few years weren’t bad enough, we now have a real nuclear crisis. North Korea’s loony regime of Kim Jong-un conducted a successful missile launch test – landing about 60 miles south of the Russian city of Vladivostok, according to some reports – marking a frightening nuclear escalation…

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Culture Index: 'Spiderman,' 'The Ronna & Beverly Podcast' and More

Ah yes, the summer slog begins. Even with summer Fridays, beach-y Sundays, road trips and more fun on your agenda, you’ll need to pace yourself for the many weeks of blazing sun and mugginess ahead. On that score, Rolling Stone editors proffer entertaining, stimulating suggestions for your eyes and ears:…