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Trump voters

16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson stood up during Obama’s State of the Union address and shouted “You lie”? He was chastised soundly by the pundit class. But mostly he drew heat for being impolite, and was compared to Kanye West and other famous interrupters.

April 20, 2018
body, woman, Social Media

Social Media Spreads Fake Bodies, As Well As Fake News

Public anger at the ills unleashed by social media currently burns hottest on Facebook — namely, its profiting off political lies posted by masked operatives. Many also blame Facebook for stoking the modern hell of FOMO — fear of missing out. We speak of the feelings of inadequacy fanned by friends’ jolly vacation and party posts, presentations that make many think everyone is having a better time than they are.

April 18, 2018
jim and demarco

Learning From DeMarco

She’s been a teacher, a leader of public interest groups, an investigative journalist, the author of three books, a government official, a public policy innovator and a mentor, as well as a lifelong champion of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. In other words, as one activist put it, “she’s a firecracker.”

April 16, 2018
FEC

Trump Opts Out Of Passover Seder For Second Year

Last year, the White House did hold a last-minute event for Jewish staff but the president and his Jewish daughter and son-in-law did not attend. This year, it appears that the White House will forego the celebration of the Jewish escape from Egypt altogether. The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

April 2, 2018
Trump campaign merchandise vendor David Dickson from Florida holds Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" hats dusted with falling snow outside a Trump campaign town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Study Shows Trump Voters Are A Lot Like Trump

In addition to his megalomania, misogyny, racism, and tacky taste in home decor, a few obvious characteristics define Donald Trump: he’s selfish, seeks power over others, is preoccupied with wealth, and prefers conformity and tradition. These four are all traits commonly found in his supporters, as Ryne A. Sherman, a psychology professor at Texas Tech University, shows in a new study.

April 2, 2018
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Secretary Zinke Waging War On Animals

Zinke, who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., likes to talk about how hunters and people who fish help conservation. As Montana’s representative in the U.S. House, he received $79,068 from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association during the 2016 election cycle, second only in the House to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

March 14, 2018
Kimmel, Oscars

From Harvey Weinstein To ‘Black Panther,’ Some Of Jimmy Kimmel’s Best Zingers From His Oscars’ Monologue

About the “thing” that happened: “Last year, about a week before the show, the producers asked me if I wanted to do comedy with the accountants, and I said ‘No, I don’t want to do comedy with the accountants.’ And so the accountants went ahead and did some comedy on their own.”

March 5, 2018
jeff_sesh_black

WATCH: Jeff Sessions Marijuana Rolling Papers Are A Thing

Who better to poke fun at than the cluelessly anti-marijuana Sessions—the man who claims “good people” don’t smoke pot, that marijuana is a gateway drug, and who once said he liked the local Ku Klux Klan boys until he found out they smoked weed?

March 5, 2018

Country Music Fans Force Mike Huckabee Out Of Charity Over His Bigotry

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was forced to resign his position on the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation’s board of directors after country music fans rose up in resistance. Citing his long history of homophobia and hate, country fans were clear in their opposition to Huckabee’s appointment.

March 5, 2018

Middle America Must Lead On Guns

America desperately needed a new kind of citizen leader to force political change. She found it in the students, parents and teachers scarred by the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Watch how effective they’ve been at making the case for tighter gun laws. Watch how they’ve alarmed politicians under NRA control.

February 28, 2018
Dictionary, DARE, American Regional English, Wisconsin, Higher Education, National News, Linguistics

What Will the Trump Mob Kill Next?

Their latest victim was a much-honored word that has produced a whole family of world literature: “Satire.” This powerful noun embodied the use of sarcasm and ridicule to expose the vanity and vice of public figures, but Trump himself killed satire by starving it of any meaning.

February 23, 2018

Trump Loses It After Being Named Worst President Ever

But worse than that for Trump’s fragile ego was the fact that a national organization of political scientists announced that Trump had been ranked the worst president of all time in their survey of experts, which included Republicans. On Tuesday morning, Trump responded with a Twitter meltdown in which he took repeated shots at President Obama…

February 22, 2018
Melania Trump takes the stage after her introduction by her husband, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Melania Should Leave Trump, 34 Percent Of America Says

The Marist poll reveals some interesting observations about Americans’ opinion on the alleged presidential infidelity. For example, 49 percent of men thought Melania should stay with her husband. Women, however, were divided: 38 percent felt she should leave Trump, 36 percent felt she should stay and 26 percent were unsure.

February 17, 2018
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

The Unveiling Of The Obama Portraits Depicts What We Have Lost

The unveiling of portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery Monday contrasted painfully with the images flowing out of the White House over the past week: a woman with a black eye inflicted by her former husband, a Trump staffer in good standing.

February 14, 2018
'Donald'

The Popularity Of Baby Name ‘Donald’ Is Falling Dramatically

The Social Security Administration will soon release its ranking of the most common names of 2017, but until then, there are a few predictors suggesting “Donald” won’t be a popular one. The drop in baby Donalds fits a pattern since Trump first declared his candidacy for presidency. Between 2016-2017, the popularity of the name dropped by 50%, according to BabyCenter.

January 16, 2018

Treading Gently Into This New Year

At Cleveland’s airport, my husband had barely pulled to a stop in the arrivals lane before I jumped out and dashed through the sliding doors with three coats in my arms. There they were, our St. Croix crew, hovered together in a collective shiver as the doors repeatedly parted to usher in another gust of winter.

December 30, 2017
Breakfast and Beer

Celebrate! Good Brew Is Beating Busch Swill

Now that breakfast is out of the way… beer! Last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev mounted a multimillion-dollar coup on America. Not on our country, but on its name. For six months, the beer behemoth expropriated our nation’s name for a tacky advertising campaign…

December 28, 2017
Farms, Food

City Slickers Again: What We Miss About The Farm

I miss the bluebirds, and the acrobatic feats of barn swallows that nested under our eaves. Also the Eastern kingbirds and scissor-tail flycatchers. It was a rare flying insect that made it to our porch alive. I miss the perpetual territorial squabble between the red-shouldered hawks and the crows above our pasture.

December 27, 2017

God Rest Ye Merry Subway Riders

Collective groans greeted the New York subway system’s decision to stop referring to passengers as “ladies and gentlemen.” In olden days, which now date to last month, subway conductors would include these words in public announcements. For example: “Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your personal belongings.”

December 19, 2017

No Virginia — There Is No ‘War On Christmas’!

The mythical war on Christmas probably ended last year, when bizarrely, Fox News sent its staff a Season’s Greetings holiday card, effectively abandoning its decade-long battle-cry of “Merry Christmas.” After a concession like that, what’s left to debate?

December 11, 2017
John_F_Kennedy_Official_Portrait

JFK: When The Light Went Out Of The Sky

John F. Kennedy was the American president on a bright morning in Texas. He was murdered at midday in Dallas, in 1963. The world’s heart stood still before it broke. Beyond our borders, Berlin and Dublin wept because Kennedy won over their citizens. He built goodwill abroad and spoke in German: “I am a Berliner!”

November 24, 2017
o'Reilly

Yes, The Phony War On Christmas Just Flared Up Again

Bill O’Reilly, who paid $32 million to keep sexual harassment charges quiet, spent a significant amount of time pretending there is a war on Christmas. Over the course of several years, in the rare moments when he was not allegedly harassing women on his staff, O’Reilly was piously calling for more holiness in the holidays.

November 8, 2017

Cohabiting…With Children

Is the growing trend of cohabitation a problem?

March 12, 2015

Lessons From The ‘Modern Love’ Column

You probably shouldn’t take dating advice from the New York Times.

January 21, 2015

Pottersville Goes Online

Are American communities disappearing?

December 18, 2014