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 2018-01-22 05:59 

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A Decade After the Great Recession, We're Outsourcing Home Appraisals to India...

The Wall Street Journal reports that banks are getting tired of performing actual appraisals for high-volume home loans, and are turning instead to less rigorous broker price opinions: Now these perfunctory valuations abound, underpinning tens of billions...

 2018-01-21 11:00 

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Don't Let Anyone Fool You: There ARE Environmental Conservatives...

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Todd Tanner has a pretty sweet offer for his fellow Montanans: a new shotgun in exchange for science-based evidence that he's wrong about cl...

 2018-01-21 11:00 

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NRA's Dana Loesch: a "Telegenic Warrior" and "Great Voice"?...

In a profile published this weekend in the Style section of the New York Times, National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch was dubbed a "telegenic warrior." Earlier this month, Loesch was joined on her nationally syndicated radio show by ...

 2018-01-21 11:00 

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NRA Pundit Known for Violent Rhetoric Gets High Praise From Mike Pence...

In a profile published this weekend in the Style section of the New York Times, National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch was dubbed a "telegenic warrior." Earlier this month, Loesch was joined on her nationally syndicated radio show by ...

 2018-01-21 04:51 

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SNL Just Hit Trump Hard: Trump Is Apparently Not A "Monkey In People Clothes"...

Jessica Chastain is hosting tonight but she didn't appear in this cold open, which mostly focuses on the president's medical results from earlier this week....

 2018-01-20 17:35 

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One Year Later, the Women's March Returns...

One year after millions of people took to the streets to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, activists this weekend are gathering to continue the momentum sparked by the historic Women's March with new rallies in New York, Washington D...

 2018-01-20 17:35 

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One Year Later, the Women's March Returns...

One year after millions of people took to the streets to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, activists this weekend are gathering to continue the momentum sparked by the historic Women's March with new rallies in New York, Washington D...

 2018-01-20 16:38 

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How Exactly Is Blockchain Supposed to Change the World?...

Rowan Walrath wrote yesterday about bitcoin. She talked to Pai-Ling Yin, a professor at USC: While cryptocurrency investment has a "bubble element," she says, that doesn't mean blockchain has no value. To put it simply, blockchain is an anonym...

 2018-01-20 11:00 

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It's Been 2,448 Years Since Donald Trump Took Office...

From the first moments of the Trump administration, many Americans began to feel that time had slowed down. This phenomenon had already been observed during the seemingly interminable 597-day presidential campaign. But the past year has magnified this eff...

 2018-01-20 11:00 

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Trump's Worst Nightmare: A Cross-Border, US-Mexico Bikeshare...

This story was originally published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As the debate about President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S. Mexico border drags on, plans for an entirely different kin...

 2018-01-20 11:00 

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A Trans Actress Has Never Been Nominated for an Oscar. That Could Change With Daniela Vega....

As celebrities descended upon the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globes earlier this month, fans abroad in Santiago, Chile, gathered in crowded bars to watch the award ceremony on television. At moments, they broke into a level of cheering normally reserve...

 2018-01-20 11:00 

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Exclusive Interview With Guy Who Just Emerged From Wreckage of Trump Park Service...

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On Jan. 15, nine of 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announcing ...

 2018-01-20 03:45 

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The Government Will Almost Certainly Shut Down After Failed Vote...

The federal government will almost certainly shut down starting midnight tonight, following the failure of last-minute budget negotiations to create a stopgap solution to protect the nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. The nail-bitin...

 2018-01-20 02:32 

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This Serial Campus Rape Case Is a Textbook Example of the Struggle Accusers Face in Court...

A few weeks into the fall 2016 semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a student was pedaling down a road near campus when she nearly hit Alec Cook with her bike. Cook was 20 years old and a real estate major, and he and the woman hung out about ...

 2018-01-19 23:53 

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A New Report Shows How the Trump Administration Is Targeting Asylum Seekers...

When President Trump issued an executive order last January to make the criminal prosecution of immigration offenses a "high priority," those cases already accounted for more than half of all federal prosecutions. Now, a year later, a damning new ...

 2018-01-19 23:51 

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Men and Women View the Seriousness of Sexual Assault About the Same...

After a massive set of complex calculations, I now have the results of the sexual assault survey broken down by gender. And it's genuinely interesting! Here's the chart: Of the 2,019 responses, about 80 percent were men and 20 percent were women. ...

 2018-01-19 22:49 

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The Women's March Never Ended. These Stats Prove It....

A year ago, on the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, millions of people flooded the streets in protest. The Women's March, which took place in dozens of cities and towns across the country, is believed to have been the largest singl...

 2018-01-19 22:04 

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A List of Everyone Who Will Be Screwed by a Government Shutdown...

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency. If Senate leaders fail to reach a last-minute agreement on a spending bill, the federal government will celebrate the occasion with some time off. Though only about half of federal agencies ...

 2018-01-19 21:52 

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Jared Kushner's Firm Tied to "Suspicious Transactions" at German Bank...

A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified "suspicious transactions" related to Kushner family accounts...

 2018-01-19 21:35 

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Trump's USDA Wants to Make Pork Processing Faster—And More Dangerous...

In a typical pork slaughterhouse, hog carcasses move down the conveyor belt at an average rate of around 977 per hour, or about 16 per minute. Workers tasked with disassembling these fast-moving 240-plus pound chunks of flesh endure high injury rates, whi...

 2018-01-19 20:00 

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Friday Cat Blogging 19 January 2018...

Every morning, when I open the door to the backyard, Hopper gallops out as if her tail is on fire. She just has to see if anything has changed in the previous 12 hours. Hilbert, on the other hand, is considerably more cautious about the whole thing. He si...

 2018-01-19 19:20 

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The GOP's Biggest Charter School Experiment Just Imploded...

The west side of Columbus, Ohio, is a flat expanse of one-story houses, grimy convenience stores, and dark barrooms, and William Lager, in his business wear, cut an unusual figure at the Waffle House on Wilson Road. Every day, almost without fail, he took...

 2018-01-19 19:10 

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#MeToo Poll Results...

I got about 2,000 responses to my survey about sexual assault last night. This is probably obvious to everyone, but please note that this is a self-selected online poll of a specific readership. It's not scientific and it doesn't necessarily refle...

 2018-01-19 18:24 

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Dreamers to Congress: Voting to Avert a Shutdown Is Voting to Deport Us...

As the Senate debates whether to shut down the government, the nearly 700,000 Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children—are hoping this time will be different. Last year, moderate Democratic senators voted twic...

 2018-01-19 18:24 

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A Year After the Women's March, "We Haven't Stopped"...

Janet Habib had always considered herself a "quiet activist." A retired teacher in Mobile, Alabama, she had protested the Vietnam War in college, volunteered with Amnesty International for many years, and long kept up with political issues. But sh...

 2018-01-19 17:15 

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Does Donald Trump Even Want a DACA Deal Anymore?...

Does President Trump even want a deal on DACA? He says he does, but after he was embarrassed at his own immigration meeting for not understanding anything about it, he's suddenly decided to take the advice of folks like Stephen Miller and Tom Cotton, ...

 2018-01-19 16:00 

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Conservatives Upset About FISA Surveillance Abuse...

Apparently the US government runs a widespread surveillance program, and Republicans are upset about it. This may seem odd, since they're usually pretty gung-ho about this kind of stuff, but I'm sure they have their reasons. Fox News reports: A fo...

 2018-01-19 15:48 

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Here are the Staggering Costs of Shutdown Brinksmanship...

Once again, the hours are counting down to a government shutdown. For close to a decade, the federal government has functioned more or less continuously under such a threat. In 2011, a far-right contingent of Republicans in Congress, swept into office by ...

 2018-01-19 12:52 

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Stephen Colbert Is Horrified Over Trump's Forbes Magazine Spanking...

Stephen Colbert would rather do anything else than imagine President Donald Trump having sex, but new details published in Mother Jones on Thursday, revealing adult film star Stormy Daniels once claimed she spanked Trump with a copy of Forbes magazine, ap...

 2018-01-19 11:00 

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"You Were Building an Army of Survivors": The Most Horrifying and Inspiring Testimony from the Larry Nassar Hearing...

In a Michigan courtroom earlier this week, Larry Nassar covered his eyes with his hands as, one by one, the women and girls he allegedly abused came forward to detail how his actions—and the inaction of the institutions he worked for—changed t...

 2018-01-19 11:00 

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Does Donald Trump Want to Be Dictator of the United States?...

It began the day he was sworn in, with his vow to end "American carnage"—a direct echo of his autocratic pronouncement when accepting the Republican nomination that "I alone can fix it." Donald Trump has chipped away at the pillars o...

 2018-01-19 11:00 

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Experts Aren't Too Worried About the Bitcoin Bubble...Yet...

Since last fall, cryptocurrency—Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, etc.—has been making its way into the mainstream. No longer merely the arena of Silicon Valley geeks, it became table talk over Thanksgiving. Some people mortgaged their homes to buy...

 2018-01-19 11:00 

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New Climate Change Predictions: More Accurate, Less Terrible...

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If one is the loneliest number, two is the most terrifying. Humanity must not pass a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global temperature from pre-in...

 2018-01-19 11:00 

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A Volcano Scientist Is Running for Congress in California...

As the first midterm elections of the Trump era creep closer, scientists across the country are emerging from their labs to run for Congress. The president's treatment of science—from proposed funding cuts to climate change denial—is one o...

 2018-01-19 06:00 

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#MeToo: A Poll About Sexual Assault...

Much of the recent pushback to the #MeToo movement revolves around the idea that we aren't drawing proper distinctions between serious sexual assault and less serious everyday boorishness. Here is Megan McArdle: I have now had dozens of conversations ...

 2018-01-19 04:54 

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Hushmoneygate? Stormygate? Whatever. It's Getting Deeper, Faster....

While we all wait to see what happens with the #ShitholeShutdown, the Wall Street Journal tells us more about the hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign: President Donald Trump's lawyer used a private Delawar...

 2018-01-19 00:48 

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The Supreme Court Just Halted a Ruling that Deemed North Carolina's Congressional Map Unconstitutional...

On Thursday night, the Supreme Court halted a lower court ruling that ordered North Carolina officials to revise its map of the state's congressional districts. The decision comes 10 days after a three-judge panel found that Republican lawmakers in th...

 2018-01-19 00:02 

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The GOP Wants to Slash Food Stamps. Here's Why That's a Stupid Idea....

President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress have publicly flaunted their desire to slash food aid for the poor. The deficit-swelling tax cut package they passed in late 2017 will embolden their efforts later this year, when the twice-a-decade f...

 2018-01-18 23:44 

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The Depressing Silence of the Actors Who Have Recently Worked With Woody Allen...

Could Woody Allen finally be having his #MeToo reckoning? Allegations of abuse have been swirling around the prolific actor and director for decades, but now, after a December Los Angeles Times op-ed from his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow questioned why A...

 2018-01-18 22:14 

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FAKE NEWS Poll Results!...

I know you've been waiting with bated breath for the results of yesterday's FAKE NEWS poll. So here it is: WKRP won in a landslide. Who knew there were so many Les Nessman fans out there? It was the turkey episode that put him over the top, wasn&#...

 2018-01-18 21:18 

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Here's What the Founder of Fusion GPS Told the House Intelligence Committee Behind Closed Doors...

As expected, the House intelligence committee on Thursday released the transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, whose political research firm Fusion GPS looked into potential ties between President Donald Trump and the Russian government. The commi...

 2018-01-18 21:07 

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Stormy Daniels Once Claimed She Spanked Donald Trump With a Forbes Magazine...

Last week, the Wall Street Journal triggered a new scandal for President Donald Trump when it reported that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a decade-old sexual relationship she had with the future ...

 2018-01-18 21:03 

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A Heartbreaking New Study Shows What Happens to Women After They Are Denied Abortions...

There are a multitude of reasons why women get abortions. Maybe they already have children and can't imagine being able to care for another one. They may not have a supportive partner and don't want to be a single mother. They may be still in high...

 2018-01-18 20:38 

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The Trump Administration Just Gave the Craziest Justification for Allowing Doctors to Deny Care to Women and LGBT People...

The Trump administration just made it easier for doctors to deny care to women and LGBT people. On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new division devoted to "conscience and religious freedom" that will protect healt...

 2018-01-18 20:30 

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Lunchtime Photo...

I asked Marian to curate today's photo, and to my surprise she picked this one. It is, obviously, a London bus passing Trafalgar Square. That's Nelson's column in the background. The bus itself is the #9 that formed our primary link between do...

 2018-01-18 20:26 

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Basically Everyone in California Wants to Keep Coal Out of Oakland—But That Might Not Be Enough...

For the past three years, developers have been pushing to make Oakland the home of the largest coal-export facility on the West Coast, looking to move millions of tons of coal through its port every year. There's one big problem: Just about no one in ...

 2018-01-18 20:24 

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Republicans Control Everything, But Still Can't Pass a Budget...

Chris Hayes has a question: When was the last time the government shut down while controlled by one party? — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 18, 2018 Probably never. But it's worth pointing out why it's happening now. It's because app...

 2018-01-18 19:15 

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"Fire and Fury" Is on Track to Beat "The Art of the Deal," Trump's Own Bestseller...

It's only been on the shelves for two weeks, but sales of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff are already on track to outpace its subject's most famous best-seller, The Art of the Deal, which turned 30 last year. According...

 2018-01-18 18:49 

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2017 Set an Astonishing New Temperature Record...

The 2017 temps are in, and NASA reports that 2017 was the second-hottest year on record. On a global basis, 2017 was 0.9C hotter than the 20th century average. More importantly, it was the hottest by far outside of El Nio years. 2017 was an astonishing 0....

 2018-01-18 17:04 

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2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record...

It's official: 2017 was one of the hottest years ever recorded on Earth. On Thursday, NASA reported that only 2016 was warmer. Every year, NASA collects data on the planet's temperature record and releases a report that explains climate trends. On...

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