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 2022-11-28 00:00 

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What do you do to brighten the short days and long nights?...

We're in the dark days of the year, in the literal sense. The lights have to go on while I'm still working and the walk home after school happens in the darkness and the artificial light. In truth, I like winter—the weather and in a lot of w...

 2022-11-27 23:10 

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The rise and fall of 'July4Patriot' Charles Dyer, the Oath Keepers' original far-right celebrity...

The first time I came across the Oath Keepers back in the summer of 2009, it was all because of a then-29-year-old ex-Marine wearing a skull mask and ranting about the need for "Patriot" militiamen to "rise up" in "a violent revolution...

 2022-11-27 22:00 

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For those who are high risk, the pandemic is far from over...

There are times over the last three-plus years that I've wondered if I've been a little too heavy-handed in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Those questions cropped up anew after Emily Oster of The Atlantic suggested that we declare a " pandemi...

 2022-11-27 21:08 

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Early results look good for 'universal' flu vaccine that could stop the next pandemic...

A new flu vaccine might not seem like a big deal, but this isn't the kind of vaccine you can currently get at the local pharmacy. In a study published this week in Science , researchers from the University of Pennsylvania reported the first results fr...

 2022-11-27 20:00 

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Republicans are so extreme that simply reciting their own words makes for searing attack ads...

Republicans have made a habit of fielding candidates who are so extreme that Democrats need do little more than showcase the candidates' own words. That proved true in 2008, when Saturday Night Live 's Tina Fey centered her skits on reenacting the...

 2022-11-27 19:00 

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Taking my kid to the museum showed me how I feel about President Obama...

We took my child to see the Obama portraits—the iconic Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald paintings commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery—and it was revelatory. For me much more than him, because I was never the hugest Obama booster, but in...

 2022-11-27 18:00 

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From children's welfare to immigration, retiring House lawmaker has been a trailblazer...

One of the retirements this Congressional term is that of a true trailblazer, NBC News reports . Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress nearly 30 years ago, announced in late 2021 that she would be reti...

 2022-11-27 17:00 

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How do you cover a present nothing like the past?...

Tips for covering the extremes driven by climate change, and the potential perils of biofuels. By Mark Schapiro , for Capital and Main Greenhouse gases are creating such disequilibrium in the atmosphere that past patterns are no longer reliable predictors...

 2022-11-27 16:10 

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Ukraine update: Why are there suddenly so many videos of Russian forces acting like zombies?...

When people hear the term "hypothermia,4; they tend to picture travelers trapped in endless snowdrifts, or huddling on some high ridge of a mountain whipped by raging gales. But it doesn't take extreme conditions to put people into extreme dure...

 2022-11-27 16:00 

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The Downballot: The last results of 2022 and looking toward 2024 (transcript)...

Election season overtime is finally winding down, so Democratic operative Joe Sudbay joins David Nir on The Downballot as a guest-host this week to recap some of the last results that have just trickled in. At the top of the list is the race for Arizona A...

 2022-11-27 15:00 

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A look inside the efforts to save the ultra-endangered Island Marble butterfly on a remote island...

Friday Harbor, Washington: San Juan Island is home to a remarkable bounty of wildlife, from killer whales to bald eagles to foxes. But probably none of its many creatures are as revered, fawned over, and fiercely protected as its Island Marble butterflies...

 2022-11-27 14:00 

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Black Music Sunday: Celebrating Jimi Hendrix on his 80th birthday...

Many of the musicians I've covered here on Black Music Sunday had very long runs, with careers that spanned decades; others died young, and no one knows what they could have accomplished had their stays on the planet been longer. I can't even begi...

 2022-11-27 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Early voting begins in Georgia...

We begin today with Dylan Wells of The Washington Post writing about the first day of early voting in the Georgia runoff elections. In more than two dozen counties across the state, thousands of voters from both parties came out to vote, some waiting for ...

 2022-11-27 01:00 

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The digital revolution puts color back into the past...

Happy holidays! With the advent of higher digital resolutions and more affordable access to digital editing technology, photography has become one of the most degraded and the most elevated artistic places for creativity. One of the great leaps in digital...

 2022-11-27 00:00 

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How Zelenskyy conquered Moscow (as Napoleon), only to fall for a Russian general's cunning plan...

Russian President Vladimir Putin could only sit and watch as Volodymyr Zelenskyy led an army that invaded Russia and captured Moscow. Only a cunning plan by a Russian general was able to save Russia from being conquered. But it was only a movie—a ra...

 2022-11-26 23:00 

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Meta is doing everything it can to kill the Metaverse, but hopefully Zuckerberg doesn't destroy VR...

Last night, I went downstairs, stuck a 1-pound headset on my face, and flailed around my basement like a demented starfish in a way that no would should have to look at—and fortunately, no one did. I was exercising to the VR fitness program Supernat...

 2022-11-26 22:00 

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For America's top-ranked CEOs, too much is never enough...

A new report has the receipts on our overcompensated corporate titans. By Mark Kreidler , for Capital and Main Apple Inc. had a fine 2021. The Cupertino-based company's stock price closed the year up almost 39%, roughly 10% higher than the S&P 500 ove...

 2022-11-26 21:00 

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Legal representation matters: Program's pro bono volunteers have won relief for 71% of immigrants...

More than 70% of immigrants who have received free legal help from a group of pro bono volunteers have won their cases. American Immigration Council (AIC) said that pro bono volunteers with the Immigration Justice Campaign have won asylum or other relief ...

 2022-11-26 20:21 

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Sedition and dishonor: Thoughts on evidence in the Oath Keepers trial...

There's something I've been thinking about while I have been listening to testimony at the seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes. Every time a witness who was or is part of the organization testifies, as they intr...

 2022-11-26 19:00 

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Chuck Sams, nation's first Native Parks director, marks first year on the job and a new philosophy...

Charles "Chuck" Sams III of the Umatilla tribe of Oregon was sworn in as the 19th director of the National Park Service (NPS) on Dec. 16, 2021, by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland of the Laguna Pueblo people after his Senate confirmation one year ag...

 2022-11-26 18:00 

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Why Walmart workers are still broke...

Rick Wartzman examines how improvements in pay by the retail giant fall far short of what society owes workers. By Peter Hong , for Capital and Main In 2003, Rick Wartzman was overseeing the business section of the Los Angeles Times when his team produced...

 2022-11-26 17:00 

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Ukraine update: Russia completes its conquest of the Republican Party, but Ukraine holds...

Back before the election, when Republicans were rubbing their hands over that Red Tsunami on the horizon, they were pretty up front about what they meant to do in Ukraine. As The Washington Post noted, it wasn't just the fringiest fringe of the party ...

 2022-11-26 16:00 

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Young people voted in large numbers—largely for Democrats...

Young voters once again proved to be a critical part of the Democratic coalition according to a post-election analysis conducted by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. Some 27% of voters under 30 w...

 2022-11-26 15:00 

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Muffin Mood Ring: Treats by design...

For the last month, while covering the seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes, I have done a lot of baking. Specifically, muffins. They are portable, delicious and easy. But because I have also overdosed on cooking shows a...

 2022-11-26 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: There's much to learn from Arizona and Colorado...

AZ Centra l: Here are all of the challenges to Arizona's 2022 election so far Cochise County refuses to certify Two of the three county commissioners voted Friday to wait until they had "proof" the county voting equipment and the testing lab t...

 2022-11-26 02:04 

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Ukraine update: Let's take stock of the current front lines...

As I noted yesterday, what was Russia's five axes of attack at the start of the war has been gradually whittled down to a single front in The Donbas. Still, it's a long front line, across two different oblasts (which collective make up the Donbas)...

 2022-11-26 02:00 

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Writer Sarah Fawn Montgomery talks ableism, COVID-19, and the reality of teaching at a state college...

Years into the COVID-19 pandemic, people are understandably eager to try and get back into "normal" life again. But the hard reality is that the public health crisis is far from over, and we are still learning how COVID-19 impacts us in both the s...

 2022-11-26 01:00 

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The Federation, The Culture, and Elon Musk...

The very first episode of the latest Star Trek series, Strange New Worlds , does something extremely clever. In the midst of one of those bog-standard Star Trek speeches, as the captain of this particular Enterprise is talking down an alien culture from t...

 2022-11-26 00:00 

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Hey, Republicans, I want my country back, too!...

It was nice last week to see those Mastriano signs stuffed in a trash can at the Bowmansville Service Plaza on the Pennsylvania turnpike, a little more than halfway between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. In hindsight, I should have taken a picture of that, ...

 2022-11-25 23:00 

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There's a lot of ways Elon Musk could make Twitter worse. Let's give him a hand with that...

After spending $44 billion to purchase Twitter, Elon Musk has been doing his level best to kill off the social network. The website is down to a skeleton staff after Musk fired much of the staff, then dared most of the rest to quit (they did); he engaged ...

 2022-11-25 22:55 

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Cartoon: 2022 winter gift guide...

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 2022-11-25 22:00 

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Are ocean plastic cleanup efforts really making a difference? It's complicated...

Plastic pollution was one of the many hot-button issue at the United Nations' most recent climate change summit, COP27, held in Egypt. A group of experts met on Nov. 10 specifically to discuss the problem, including secretariats from prior conventions...

 2022-11-25 21:00 

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Beyond the big box: Feel-better alternatives for creative holiday gift shopping...

It's time for the annual festival of consumerism known as holiday shopping season. Yay? Let's say that you want to opt part of the way out of hypercommercialized Christmas but still want to give some gifts, and you're looking for gifts to feel...

 2022-11-25 20:00 

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2022 turnout was down slightly from 2018. But it spiked in a handful of critical battleground states...

When all the votes are counted, the 2022 midterms will go down as being a solid turnout cycle, even though it didn't quite reach the heights of the soaring turnout in 2018. Overall, an estimated 46% of the voting-eligible population turned out this cy...

 2022-11-25 19:15 

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Kari Lake's defeat in Arizona came despite backing from corporate America...

Microsoft, Google, Centene, Koch Industries, and others support committee that gave millions to elect Lake. By Jessica Goodheart , for Capital and Main Election denier Kari Lake got a drubbing this election, but it was despite money that flowed from corpo...

 2022-11-25 18:35 

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An anti-semite, a white supremacist, and the former guy sat down to dinner at Mar-a-Lago...

Donald Trump had dinner with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West (now Ye) and white supremacist leader Nick Fuentes on Tuesday night. Trump's official statement on the dinner is that "Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner...

 2022-11-25 18:00 

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Musk plans to bring back banned Twitter accounts as far right plots to get 5,000 on the left banned...

Elon Musk continues to make a name for himself as one of the worst bosses in the world at the same time he accelerates Twitter toward being a playground for the far right. Musk reportedly fired still more software engineers on the night before Thanksgivin...

 2022-11-25 17:00 

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Worried about a zombie apocalypse? You might actually be worried about racism and antisemitism...

For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with the idea of how I would survive a zombie apocalypse. From the first one I was exposed to in college, the classic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead , to my latest all-time favorite, Train to Busan...

 2022-11-25 16:00 

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'Anti-woke' MAGA bank is shutting down after mismanagement, general sucking...

It's a sad week in America. It's also a sad week for billionaire anti-everything troll Peter Thiel, former Mike Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, omnipresent fascist talking head Candace Owens, and a host of other archconservative investors. Mostly...

 2022-11-25 15:20 

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Make your shopping meaningful this Black Friday and support a Native-owned business...

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution that established November as " National American Indian Heritage Month ." Following 1990, the resolution was renewed each year, often under other names including "Native American...

 2022-11-25 14:40 

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Supporters of Iran's government harass and threaten protesters at World Cup match...

Days after members of the Iranian soccer team refused to sing along with the national anthem at their first World Cup match, they sang along, but with little enthusiasm, at their second match . While Iran scored a 2-0 win against Wales, the stands were on...

 2022-11-25 14:00 

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What unceded Native lands do you live on?...

If you live in the United States and aren't an Indigenous person living on the land of your ancestors, then you're living on stolen land. Since its inception, the U.S. has forcefully occupied hundreds of sovereign nations, and most of us live on l...

 2022-11-25 13:00 

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Cartoon: Thanksgiving for Billionaires...

Vimeo Video If you've been enjoying my cartoons, join me on Patreon, where you can get prints, exclusive videos and other goodies — all while you help support my work ! As we revel in the joy and wonder of Thanksgiving, let us be particularly th...

 2022-11-25 12:30 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: There's much to learn from Alaska...

Christina Cauterucci/ Slate: What Can Democrats Learn from Mary Peltola's Win in Red Alaska? "It's pretty unusual for a Democrat to be hiring Republican staffers," one of her political consultants said. With deep roots in rural Alaska, a p...

 2022-11-25 01:30 

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How do your Thanksgiving meal preferences stack up against the rest of America's?...

As we know, polls do not always get it right. But on Thanksgiving, we're looking at a poll with lower stakes than who's going to win the Georgia Senate runoff: a food poll. Thanks to YouGov for these extremely important results on this most food-o...

 2022-11-24 23:30 

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United Farm Workers show off the work that goes into your Thanksgiving table...

As we all prep and eat Thanksgiving meals, or any meal in general, it's important we remember and acknowledge where the food we are eating comes from and the hard work and labor put into getting it. To remind us of those who put effort into the food w...

 2022-11-24 22:00 

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Dolly Parton and legendary 1980s performers...

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held it annual induction ceremony on Nov. 5, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Inductees included Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Eminem, Pat Benatar, and Neil Girald...

 2022-11-24 21:58 

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Ukraine Update: What was five Russian axes of attack is down to one: the Donbas...

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Today is also the nine-month anniversary of Russia's illegal invasion. Mostly going to do some bullet-point updates today. I'm cranking this out as quickly as I can, and am skipping self-editing. Everyone else is out today...

 2022-11-24 21:00 

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On Thanksgiving, Warnock offers 'my prayer for you and for us all' in powerful new ad...

There may be no elected official better at speaking directly to the camera and conveying decency and warmth and intelligence and humor than Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, as he reminds us in a brilliant new Thanksgiving ad. This ad is such a powerful reminder...

 2022-11-24 20:00 

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On Thanksgiving, I remember my Jewish ancestors who left Europe and am thankful America took them in...

"I've got something I'd like to say." That's what I usually offer up as a preamble, as I try to get the attention of my kids and other family members gathered around the Thanksgiving table. It usually takes a couple of attempts, but on...

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