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  • Tea Party Darling Ben Carson Says Prisoners Prove That Homosexuality Is A Choice

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    Inae Oh
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Ben Carson, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful beloved by Tea Partiers, told CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that he believes homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice—because "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay."  The former neurosurgeon went on, "So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question." Carson, who has previously compared homosexuality to murder and bestiality, also said that states should decide the legality of gay marriage, not the Supreme Court. Watch below:  
  • Donald Trump Keeps Finding Bold, New Ways to Disgust Me

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    Ben Dreyfuss
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Here is a tweet. Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I,for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2015 Here is our year-long investigation into what those poor elephants were experiencing. Draw from these two things whatever conclusions you may.
  • This Congressman Doesn't Want a Federal Science Board to Be Allowed to Consider Science

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    David Roberts
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last year, the House of Representatives passed two absurd anti-science bills, the Secret Science Reform Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act. It will come as no surprise that both bills, under the guise of "reform," would have the practical effect of crippling the EPA's efforts to assess science in a fair and timely way. I don't have the heart to get into it — follow the links above for the details. The bills are back; the House considered them both again yesterday.
  • Friday Cat Blogging - 6 March 2015

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    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Today's catblogging is special. As usual, the lighting in our living room is pretty bad, but nonetheless, this is your first glimpse of the commenter known as Inkblot's Aunt—aka my sister Karen. She's been wonderful about helping us out as Marian and I both recover from our various medical problems, and on Wednesday she came over and stayed with me all evening when I was feeling especially bad. You can see her reward in the photo: Hilbert finally decided she was part of the family and plonked down in her arms for a nice hour-long snooze. By the way, when I head off to stage 2 of my…
  • This GOP Congressman's Solution to Homelessness Involves Getting Eaten By Wolves

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    Tim McDonnell
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Homelessness is a very serious problem. Nearly 600,000 Americans don't have a home, including one in every 30 children. Recently, we've reported on some innovative solutions, including tiny houses and free, no-strings-attached apartments. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has a different idea. It involves wolves. Specifically, releasing grey wolves into the districts of 79 of his peers in Congress who had recently called for greater protections for the endangered species. From the Washington Post: "How many of you have got wolves in your district?" he asked. "None. None. Not one." "They haven’t…
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  • Donald Trump Keeps Finding Bold, New Ways to Disgust Me

    Ben Dreyfuss
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Here is a tweet. Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I,for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2015 Here is our year-long investigation into what those poor elephants were experiencing. Draw from these two things whatever conclusions you may.
  • This Congressman Doesn't Want a Federal Science Board to Be Allowed to Consider Science

    David Roberts
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last year, the House of Representatives passed two absurd anti-science bills, the Secret Science Reform Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act. It will come as no surprise that both bills, under the guise of "reform," would have the practical effect of crippling the EPA's efforts to assess science in a fair and timely way. I don't have the heart to get into it — follow the links above for the details. The bills are back; the House considered them both again yesterday.
  • Friday Cat Blogging - 6 March 2015

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Today's catblogging is special. As usual, the lighting in our living room is pretty bad, but nonetheless, this is your first glimpse of the commenter known as Inkblot's Aunt—aka my sister Karen. She's been wonderful about helping us out as Marian and I both recover from our various medical problems, and on Wednesday she came over and stayed with me all evening when I was feeling especially bad. You can see her reward in the photo: Hilbert finally decided she was part of the family and plonked down in her arms for a nice hour-long snooze. By the way, when I head off to stage 2 of my…
  • This GOP Congressman's Solution to Homelessness Involves Getting Eaten By Wolves

    Tim McDonnell
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Homelessness is a very serious problem. Nearly 600,000 Americans don't have a home, including one in every 30 children. Recently, we've reported on some innovative solutions, including tiny houses and free, no-strings-attached apartments. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has a different idea. It involves wolves. Specifically, releasing grey wolves into the districts of 79 of his peers in Congress who had recently called for greater protections for the endangered species. From the Washington Post: "How many of you have got wolves in your district?" he asked. "None. None. Not one." "They haven’t…
  • A Zombie From the 90s Makes the Case For Demanding Strong Encryption

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Companies like Apple and Google have announced recently that they will start providing their customers with encryption that even Apple and Google don't have the keys for. This means that even if law enforcement officers get a subpoena for data held by the companies, it won't do any good. They couldn't turn over decrypted data even if they wanted to. This has led to calls from the FBI and elsewhere to provide "backdoors" of some kind for use by law enforcement. This would be a kind of master key available only under court order. But security experts argue that this makes encryption…
 
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  • This Congressman Doesn't Want a Federal Science Board to Be Allowed to Consider Science

    David Roberts
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last year, the House of Representatives passed two absurd anti-science bills, the Secret Science Reform Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act. It will come as no surprise that both bills, under the guise of "reform," would have the practical effect of crippling the EPA's efforts to assess science in a fair and timely way. I don't have the heart to get into it — follow the links above for the details. The bills are back; the House considered them both again yesterday.
  • Elizabeth Warren to Obama Administration: Help Me Tackle Student Debt

    Pema Levy
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't just a thorn in the side of Wall Street banks. She's also happy to go head-to-head with the Obama administration when she feels the president's team is part of the problem. Right now, the issue fueling a dispute between Warren and the White House is student loan debt. Last week, Warren sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan alleging that his department is not using many of the tools at its disposal to help Americans who are struggling to pay back student loans. In particular, the department has authority to help students duped by predatory…
  • New York Just Showed Every Other State How to Do Solar Right

    Tim McDonnell
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it's already among the nation's solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar, and in 2013 alone it added enough to power more than 10,000 homes. While that's great news for solar companies and environmentalists, it's a bit of a problem for electric utilities. Until recently, the business model of electric companies hadn't changed much since it was created a century ago. (The country's first electric grid was strung up by…
  • The Case for Making Fun of ISIS

    Jenna McLaughlin
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last weekend, Dakota Johnson starred in a Saturday Night Live skit in which she played a young woman being dropped off by her father for her first foray into independent living. She was not going off to college or a new job, but rather to a waiting truckload of ISIS fighters. "Dad, it's just ISIS," she explained, with the typical exasperation of an adolescent facing a parent's lack of imagination. The skit aired shortly before news broke that approximately 60 young British women joined ISIS in Syria, and it provoked heated responses. Viewers immediately criticized the bit over social…
  • Is There Viagra in Your Vitamin?

    Kiera Butler
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are a peoplein love with vitamins. The US market for them is valued at $23 billion—and it's growing by 7 percent each year. And yet, despite our zeal for vitamins, we still don't know very much about what they actually do. The strange history of our national vitamin fascination is the subject of journalist Catherine Price's new book, Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection. In it, she reveals how scientists first discovered vitamins, how marketers seized on them, and how the resulting vitamin frenzy has forever changed our beliefs about health and nutrition. "In the…
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  • Friday Cat Blogging - 6 March 2015

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Today's catblogging is special. As usual, the lighting in our living room is pretty bad, but nonetheless, this is your first glimpse of the commenter known as Inkblot's Aunt—aka my sister Karen. She's been wonderful about helping us out as Marian and I both recover from our various medical problems, and on Wednesday she came over and stayed with me all evening when I was feeling especially bad. You can see her reward in the photo: Hilbert finally decided she was part of the family and plonked down in her arms for a nice hour-long snooze. By the way, when I head off to stage 2 of my…
  • A Zombie From the 90s Makes the Case For Demanding Strong Encryption

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Companies like Apple and Google have announced recently that they will start providing their customers with encryption that even Apple and Google don't have the keys for. This means that even if law enforcement officers get a subpoena for data held by the companies, it won't do any good. They couldn't turn over decrypted data even if they wanted to. This has led to calls from the FBI and elsewhere to provide "backdoors" of some kind for use by law enforcement. This would be a kind of master key available only under court order. But security experts argue that this makes encryption…
  • Yet Another Health Update

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    I promised another health update last night, so here it is. I know that some of you are interested in this, while others find it tedious, so I'll put it all below the fold. Here's the nickel summary: There's a good chance I'm going to continue feeling lousy for a couple of weeks or so, but I should start to improve after that. Continue Reading »
  • Republicans Are Already Prepping for Possible Government Shutdown in the Fall

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The Supreme Court will rule later this year on the question of whether Obamacare subsidies should be repealed in states that don't run their own insurance exchanges. That would gut a major portion of the law, and Jonathan Weisman reports today that because of this, "the search for a replacement by Republican lawmakers is finally gaining momentum." I'm not quite sure how he could write that with a straight face, since I think we all know just how serious Republicans are about passing health care reform of their own. In any case, I think the real news comes a few paragraphs down: Aides to…
  • The Hack Gap Lives!

    Kevin Drum
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    I've been following the news a little vaguely over the past few days, but I noticed an interesting confirmation of the hack gap in the treatment of Hillary Clinton's email affair. Perhaps you noticed too? There was, obviously, a difference in the way liberals and conservatives treated the news that Hillary had used a private email address for all her correspondence while she was Secretary of State. But it was a matter of degree, not attitude. On the liberal side, I saw a lots of people seriously questioning what had happened. And not just here in the pages of MoJo. I saw it on MSNBC. I saw it…
 
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  • Tea Party Darling Ben Carson Says Prisoners Prove That Homosexuality Is A Choice

    Inae Oh
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Ben Carson, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful beloved by Tea Partiers, told CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that he believes homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice—because "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay."  The former neurosurgeon went on, "So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question." Carson, who has previously compared homosexuality to murder and bestiality, also said that states should decide the legality of gay marriage, not the Supreme Court. Watch below:  
  • Obama: Netanyahu's Speech Fails to Offer "Viable Alternatives" on Iran

    Inae Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    President Barack Obama weighed in on Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's remarks did not provide any "viable alternatives" to preventing Iran from securing a nuclear weapon. The Associated Press reported that after reading a transcript of the speech, Obama noted that Netanyahu used essentially the same language as when the United States brokered an interim deal with Iran, a deal the president said Iran followed through on by scaling back its nuclear program. White House officials also slammed the address: Sr. administration…
  • DOJ Finds Pervasive Racial Bias at Ferguson Police Department

    Inae Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The Department of Justice has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department engaged in racially biased practices, including disproportionately arresting African-Americans during routine traffic stops. The findings are the result of an investigation launched back in September, which found that systematic biased behavior, including "racist jokes about blacks" on police email accounts, have resulted in fractured race relations in the Missouri community and a deep mistrust of police officials. From the Times: In compiling the report, federal investigators conducted hundreds of…
  • Hero Mom Has the Perfect Response to Son Begging to Join ISIS

    Inae Oh
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Everyone of us can relate to having once been a stupid teenager, irrationally whining to our parents about needing to hang out with that group, wear this outfit, etc. Such is the case of 19-year-old Akhror Saidakhmetov of Brooklyn who had a burning desire to join club ISIS, like all the cool kids seem to be doing these days. But despite having all the gear to prove he was ready to commit to the band, Saidakhmetov's dreams were ultimately crushed by a very adolescent roadblock—his mom. From the Times: Mr. Juraboev and Mr. Saidakhmetov bought tickets, planning to travel to…
  • Sean Hannity Said Some Something Really Creepy at CPAC Today

    Sam Brodey
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Fox News' Sean Hannity had some downright creepy things to say about the "young, good-looking crowd:" I can look out in the crowd, I kinda have Fox X-ray vision, and I can see that some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant. It's not your fault. It's not his fault. The joke—if that's what it was—bombed, drawing nervous laughter and groans from the crowd. The Twitter reaction was swift and perplexed: Hannity has xray vision can tell that some of the women in here are…
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  • This GOP Congressman's Solution to Homelessness Involves Getting Eaten By Wolves

    Tim McDonnell
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Homelessness is a very serious problem. Nearly 600,000 Americans don't have a home, including one in every 30 children. Recently, we've reported on some innovative solutions, including tiny houses and free, no-strings-attached apartments. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has a different idea. It involves wolves. Specifically, releasing grey wolves into the districts of 79 of his peers in Congress who had recently called for greater protections for the endangered species. From the Washington Post: "How many of you have got wolves in your district?" he asked. "None. None. Not one." "They haven’t…
  • Here's What Will Happen If Antarctica Melts

    Tim McDonnell
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    When we talk about global warming at the poles, the Arctic tends to get more press than the Antarctic, because it's happening faster there than anywhere else on Earth. But Antarctica is still a juggernaut. As ice sheets there collapse—a process some scientists now see as irreversible—global sea level could rise 10 feet. The complete meltdown could take hundreds of years, but if you live anywhere near the coast, it's not hard to imagine why my colleague Chris Mooney called that discovery a "holy shit moment for global warming." Tonight, our friends at VICE will kick off their third…
  • Yet Another Oil Train Has Derailed and Caught Fire

    Luke Whelan
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Earlier today, yet another massive train carrying crude oil derailed and caught on fire, this time in northern Illinois near the Mississippi River. One-hundred-and-three of the the train's 105 cars were carrying crude oil—from where was not immediately clear (Update: BNSF has since confirmed the train was traveling from North Dakota; see below for their response)—eight of which derailed. Two of the derailed cars have caught on fire, according to BNSF Railway which owns the train, sending plumes of smoke and fire into the sky above Galena, Illinois, a town of just over 3,300.
  • McDonald's Just Banned Antibiotic-Laced Chicken. Here's Why That Matters.

    Kiera Butler
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This week, McDonald's pledged to phase out serving chicken raised on antibiotics that can also be used to treat humans. To understand the giant implications this has for the meat industry, consider my colleague Tom Philpott's previous reporting on the topic. For starters, the livestock industry uses an astounding four-fifths of all antibiotics consumed in the United States. Mostly, these drugs are used not to treat infections but to promote growth in animals. There is evidence that livestock antibiotic use contributes to antibiotic resistance, lessening the effectiveness of drugs that are…
  • Ringling Bros. Announces It's Finally Ending Elephant Acts

    Inae Oh
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    On Thursday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey said it will end the use of elephant acts by 2018—a move that follows decades of mounting criticism and public concern over the show's abusive treatment of the animals. Ringling's parent company, Feld Entertainment, cited a "mood shift" experienced by circus-goers who have grown "uncomfortable with us touring with elephants" for the decision. President Kenneth Feld also said local legislation barring certain circus practices, such as the use of bullhooks, made it increasingly difficult for the company to continue including elephants in…
 
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  • Elizabeth Warren to Obama Administration: Help Me Tackle Student Debt

    Pema Levy
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't just a thorn in the side of Wall Street banks. She's also happy to go head-to-head with the Obama administration when she feels the president's team is part of the problem. Right now, the issue fueling a dispute between Warren and the White House is student loan debt. Last week, Warren sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan alleging that his department is not using many of the tools at its disposal to help Americans who are struggling to pay back student loans. In particular, the department has authority to help students duped by predatory…
  • The Case for Making Fun of ISIS

    Jenna McLaughlin
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last weekend, Dakota Johnson starred in a Saturday Night Live skit in which she played a young woman being dropped off by her father for her first foray into independent living. She was not going off to college or a new job, but rather to a waiting truckload of ISIS fighters. "Dad, it's just ISIS," she explained, with the typical exasperation of an adolescent facing a parent's lack of imagination. The skit aired shortly before news broke that approximately 60 young British women joined ISIS in Syria, and it provoked heated responses. Viewers immediately criticized the bit over social…
  • Meet the "Monuments Men" Risking Everything to Save Syria's Ancient Treasures From ISIS

    Bryan Schatz
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    On February 26, ISIS released a video of its militants smashing ancient Assyrian artifacts in the central museum in Mosul, Iraq. In a matter of minutes, they jackhammered the face of a famous 1,400-year-old Assyrian winged bull and broke apart four 2,000-year-old statues of the kings of Hatra. That same week, insurgents from the so-called Islamic State burned thousands of rare books and manuscripts from Mosul's library. A week later, Ahmed Salem, a 28-year-old former archaeology graduate student, crossed into Syria and entered ISIS-held territory armed with nothing more than a notepad, a…
  • Drone Pilots Are Quitting In Record Numbers

    Pratap Chatterjee
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. The US drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers. There are roughly 1,000 such drone pilots, known in the trade as "18Xs," working for the US Air Force today. Another 180 pilots graduate annually from a training program that takes about a year to complete at…
  • More American White Women Are Dying Prematurely

    Stephanie Mencimer
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could result in more than 8 million people losing their health insurance. The next day, the Urban Institute released a new report showing again just what's at stake in that case. Large swaths of the population have become so unhealthy that death rates are rising among a group long thought to be the healthiest American citizens: white women. And those numbers will only continue to skyrocket without a continued move toward universal health insurance. For several decades, life expectancy among white women had been on the rise. Not…
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  • This Congressman Doesn't Want a Federal Science Board to Be Allowed to Consider Science

    David Roberts
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last year, the House of Representatives passed two absurd anti-science bills, the Secret Science Reform Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act. It will come as no surprise that both bills, under the guise of "reform," would have the practical effect of crippling the EPA's efforts to assess science in a fair and timely way. I don't have the heart to get into it — follow the links above for the details. The bills are back; the House considered them both again yesterday.
  • New York Just Showed Every Other State How to Do Solar Right

    Tim McDonnell
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it's already among the nation's solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar, and in 2013 alone it added enough to power more than 10,000 homes. While that's great news for solar companies and environmentalists, it's a bit of a problem for electric utilities. Until recently, the business model of electric companies hadn't changed much since it was created a century ago. (The country's first electric grid was strung up by…
  • Is There Viagra in Your Vitamin?

    Kiera Butler
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are a peoplein love with vitamins. The US market for them is valued at $23 billion—and it's growing by 7 percent each year. And yet, despite our zeal for vitamins, we still don't know very much about what they actually do. The strange history of our national vitamin fascination is the subject of journalist Catherine Price's new book, Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection. In it, she reveals how scientists first discovered vitamins, how marketers seized on them, and how the resulting vitamin frenzy has forever changed our beliefs about health and nutrition. "In the…
  • The Town From "True Blood" Is Filled With Toxic Explosives the EPA Fears Will Blow Up

    Tim Murphy
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    For the past few years, tiny Doyline, Louisiana, best known as the Southern Gothic setting of HBO's True Blood, has been perched next to a powder keg. Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to light a match. In 2012, an explosion at Camp Minden, a former military base just outside of town that had become a hub for munitions contractors, sent a 7,000-foot mushroom cloud into the Louisiana sky. The blast rattled homes as far away as Arkansas and forced Doyline residents to evacuate. "I thought I was in Afghanistan," one resident told the Associated Press. State…
  • Why You Should Stop Eating Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Kiera Butler
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Meals are good, and snacking is bad. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you eat dinner with your family, you will keep your girlish figure and your kids will be healthier. Taking a lunch break will make you succeed at your job. Okay, now forget all that. Because as it turns out, the concept of three square meals a day has practically zero to do with your actual metabolic needs. And our dogmatic adherence to breakfast, lunch, and dinner might actually be making us sick. Historian Abigail Carroll, author of the book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal,…
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  • Erotic Poetry and $300 Board Games: The Trial Exposing Silicon Valley's Secrets

    Rebecca Cohen
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Former venture capitalist Ellen Pao says the big-name VC firm she worked for, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, failed to promote her because she's a woman. She says she was pressured into an affair with a coworker and was fired when she complained, and she's suing the firm for $16 million on charges of gender discrimination and retaliation. Kleiner claims the affair was consensual, and says Pao—now the interim chief executive of Reddit—didn't thrive at the firm because she "lacked the ability to lead others, build consensus and be a team player." The trial kicked off last…
  • The Company That Made the World's Most Famous Dress Had a Child Labor Problem in India

    James West
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The British retailer of the dress that whipped the internet into a frenzy last week—is it blue and black, or is it gold and white?—has big plans to cash in on its newfound fame. Roman Originals founder Peter Christodoulou told the Washington Post that the dress—which is actually blue and black and available online for about $77—will soon be joined by a gold-and-white version. "We have received so many requests for a white-and-gold version," he said. "It takes about five months to do such a thing, but we're not going to disappoint our fans. I expect the white-and-gold…
  • Why the Duke Basketball Sexual-Assault Story Won't Go Away Quickly

    Ian Gordon
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The Duke University student newspaper reported today that a player recently dismissed from the school's powerhouse men's basketball team had been twice accused of sexual assault. Moreover, it found that athletic department officials, including Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, knew about the allegations as early as last March but failed to act for months.* According to the Chronicle, two different women claimed that junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon had sexually assaulted them during the 2013-14 school year. In October 2013, a woman told classmates at a retreat that Sulaimon had assaulted her;…
  • O Glory! Pops Staples Was Magnificent—and Rockin'

    Jon Young
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Staple SingersFreedom Highway Complete – Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church Legacy Pops StaplesDon't Lose This dBpm/Anti- What a monumental legacy Roebuck "Pops" Staples left behind! From the mid-1950s on, his family group, the Staple Singers, was a premier gospel act. In the '70s, they scored a number of uplifting R&B hits, including "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There." Up until his death in 2000, Pops Staples continued making compelling, moving music. Freedom Highway Complete, recorded in April 1965, captures Pops and his kids, Mavis, Yvonne and Pervis, at…
  • These Photos of World Lawmakers Pummeling Each Other Almost Make You Appreciate Congress

    Bryan Schatz
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Twice last week, brawls broke out in Turkey's parliament over a controversial bill that would give the police more power to crack down on protestors. Punches were thrown, kicks landed, a chair launched. One MP fell down a flight of stairs. It was like the golden early days of cage fighting when rules were laughed out of the arena and MMA fighters' posses joined in the mayhem. But at least no shots were fired, unlike the time in 2013 that a Jordanian MP tried to come after a colleague with an AK-47. (No one was harmed.) While American members of Congress haven't had a serious dust-up in…
 
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