This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see…

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog explains… Gerrymandering — drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party — is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out... Read More
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ISIS Threatens Twitter Founder And Employees Over Blocked Accounts

Buzzfeed reports: ISIS supporters on Sunday called on jihadis around the world to kill Twitter employees because of the company’s frequent blocking of their social media accounts. “Your virtual war on us will cause a... Read More
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Does the Sun Have a Heart of Dark Matter?

Motherboard responds… Something is amiss in our Sun. Or, rather, something is amiss in our theories of what the Sun is and how it behaves—theories that are known collectively as the standard solar model. This... Read More
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The O’Reilly tapes: Phone recordings raise new questions about JFK story

CNN Money reveals the new tape. One evening in March more than 30 years ago, Gaeton Fonzi received a call from a man whose voice and name are now instantly recognizable. “Hi Gaeton,” the caller... Read More
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Ikea’s new furniture can charge your phone, no wires necessary

The Verge reports… Are you interested in tying down your furniture to a technology “standard” that’s far from standard? Then you might be interested in some new products that will be on sale at Ikea... Read More
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(Oh Goodie! What could go wrong?) NSA’s Mass Phone Surveillance Program Gets New Life, Extended Until June

ThinkProgress explains… The National Security Agency’s controversial phone metadata surveillance program reauthorized under the Patriot Act got an extension until June, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) announced Friday. According to a... Read More
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Ebola-infected Nurse Contends Dallas Hospital Violated Her Privacy

In a lawsuit filed today, nurse Nina Pham says that a colleague videotaped her without her permission and then the hospital released the tape to the media. by Charles Ornstein ProPublica It was a touching... Read More
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Minister in charge of biggest pensions shakeup in decades admits it is ‘risky’

The Observer reports… Plans to give millions of people powers to get access to their pensions savings from 6 April are a calculated risk, the minister in charge of the biggest pensions shakeup in decades... Read More
New Documentary Reveals Universities’ Responses To Rape Are Even Worse Than You Think

New Documentary Reveals Universities’ Responses To Rape Are Even Worse Than You Think

ThinkProgress explains… The Hunting Ground begins with scenes of joy. We see high school students crowded around their computers, family and friends at their side, at the moment they receive their college acceptances. There is... Read More
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Egyptian court declares Hamas a ‘terrorist’ group

Al Jazeera explains they are the Palestinian organisation accused of aiding armed groups who have waged string of deadly attacks in Egypt’s Sinai region. An Egyptian court has branded Hamas a “terrorist” organisation, weeks after... Read More
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Why Isn’t Sex Education a Part of Common Core?

Pacific Standard Magazine says maybe it’s not politically feasible, but most kids will need sexual knowledge more than Shakespearean verse to be functioning adults. Here’s a sample curriculum. According to a recent PublicMind poll from... Read More
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Kagan: Netanyahu Speech Is a Blunder

Mother Jones explains… Even the ever-hawkish Robert Kagan thinks Republicans blew it by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress: Looking back on it from years hence, will the spectacle of an... Read More
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At least 6 Republican states revisit their stance of resisting Obamacare

The Washington Post explains… Officials in several Republican states that balked at participating in President Obama’s ­health-care initiative are now revisiting the issue amid mounting panic over a possible Supreme Court decision that would revoke... Read More
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Most sex workers have had jobs in health, education or charities – survey

The Guardian explains one of largest ever surveys of industry reveals pressures that lead people to sex work, including inability to meet living costs on low NHS pay More than 70% of UK sex workers... Read More
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Elizabeth Warren’s next target: Trade deals

Politico reports the senator says Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership would empower corporations. Elizabeth Warren is gearing up for another big fight with the Obama administration, this time over trade. The Massachusetts senator is stepping up her... Read More
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“It’s Easier to Get Laid at CPAC Than on Spring Break”

Mother Jones reports, plus: you’ll never guess the conservative millennial dream ticket. While the annual Conservative Political Action Conference attracts right-wingers all stripes, there was one thing virtually all attendees could agree on: this year’s... Read More
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The Inside Story Of How A For-Profit College Hoodwinked Students And Got Away With It

ThinkProgress explains… After car accidents and back surgery left her unable to work in 2000, Patricia Ann Bowers decided to make productive use of her new, medically-imposed free time. “I decided that, being disabled, I... Read More
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Scott Walker Is Making Shit Up, Just Like His Hero Ronald Reagan

Mother Jones explains… This morning, once again trying to show that fighting against Wisconsin labor unions is pretty much the same as fighting ISIS or communism, Scott Walker repeated his contention that Ronald Reagan’s early... Read More
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Bill O’Reilly: The Make-Believe War Correspondent

by Tina Dupuy A report that Fox News juggernaut Bill O’Reilly has been fluffing his war zone encounters was met with a collective chortle. Mainly because, we, as a media-consuming public are not surprised to hear... Read More
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‘I’m fit as a flea’ insists Nigel Farage as poll shows Ukip has lost ground

The Guardian reports the Party leader denounces speculation about his health and says he will be in ‘real position of power’ on 8 May. Ukip leader Nigel Farage has admitted that he used a party conference... Read More
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Isis killer Mohammed Emwazi had link to 2005 London bomb plot

The Guardian reports key figure in Mohammed Emwazi terror cell talked to 21/7 attacker who was later jailed for life over failed attack at tube station. Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State extremist known as “Jihadi... Read More
CPAC speaker calls Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren ‘old, rich, white, males’

CPAC speaker calls Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren ‘old, rich, white, males’

Raw Story has the details of the stupid… C saved for Saturday morning one of its rising stars, 22-year-old South Dakota TV host Tomi Lahren, who spent part of her speech addressing complaints about the... Read More
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Elizabeth Warren and others smack down Scott Walker for equating labor unions to ISIS

Raw Story explains… Ealier this week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told CPAC 2015 that he has the guts and experience to take on the Islamic State (ISIS) because he faced down public employee unions... Read More
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Scott Walker calls Reagan’s bust of air traffic controller strike ‘most significant foreign policy decision’

The Washington Post explains… PALM BEACH, Fla. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was wrapping up 45 minutes of talking to the Club for Growth here about economic growth and fiscal reform Saturday morning when a humbling question came... Read More
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Great work! Texas hold ‘em win probabilities in one photo

FlowingData.com has the story… Software engineer Chris Beaumont visualized the strength of opponent hands in Texas hold ‘em, given any other hand. This is based on counting about 1.3 trillion possible combinations. Simply enter a... Read More
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The US Helped Create International Law, Now We Just Ignore It

Mother Jones explains the real American exceptionalism. “The sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation’s leader can defy the law to serve the... Read More
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Inside New York’s Biggest Chinese Restaurant

LuckyPeach.com takes us inside New York’s biggest Chinese Restaurant… It’s a Sunday morning in the dead of winter, and there’s already a crowd outside Jing Fong, New York’s biggest Chinese restaurant. Groups of all sizes... Read More
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What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?

TheBulletin.org explains the real carnage… Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles are believed to carry a total of approximately 1,000 strategic nuclear warheads that can hit the US less than 30 minutes after being launched. Of this... Read More
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The Disturbing Way Some Teens Are Really Using Instagram

mic.com has the details… Jessie discovered it accidentally. “It was on the popular page,” he told me. “I thought it was just a hot guy with his shirt off.” Jessie, a 20-something male in New... Read More
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China’s Great Firewall is demolishing foreign websites—and nobody knows why

Quartz explains… Software designer Craig Hockenberry noticed something very strange was happening to his small corporate website The Iconfactory one morning last month: traffic had suddenly spiked to extremely high levels—equivalent to more than double the amount of... Read More