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    What the $60 Billion Weight Loss Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

    Gina Kolata, a science writer for the New York Times, writes today about the results of research on the participants of the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Kevin Hall, a scientist at a federal research center who admits to a weakness for reality TV, had the idea to follow [...]

    Midday open thread: Judge stays removal of Rebel monument; Berrigan dies; Bill Gates gets it wrong

    Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The forever campaign:  What you many have missed on Sunday Kos … Cancer survivors are headed to Capitol Hill this week, by DarkSyde Thank you for your concern, gentlemen., by Susan Grigsby Let’s hear it for voter enthusiasm! Or not, by Sher Watt [...]

    OSCEOLA, Ind. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) kicked off the final day of campaigning before the end of this state’s primary by sh [...]

    Donald Trump Demonstrates Newfound Sensitivity To Derogatory Language About Native Americans

    Trump took issue with Clinton’s “off the reservation” comment. The post Donald Trump Demonstrates Newfound Sensitivity To Derogatory Language About Native Americans appeared first on ThinkProgress. Go to Source : Donald Trump Demonstrates Newfound Sensitivity To Derogato [...]

    Carly Fiorina fell off a stage on Sunday. She’s in good company.

    When video emerged today of vice presidential nominee(ish) Carly Fiorina falling off the stage at a Ted Cruz event in Laporte, Ind. on Sunday, my first thought was “ouch, that’s gotta hurt.” (Like most of the rest of the media world, my second thought was, “Boy, Te [...]

    Gregory Ferenstein, in the course of arguing that super-rich donors are about equally split between Democrats and Republicans (although the [...]

    INDIANAPOLIS — It was the day before Indiana’s crucial Republican presidential primary, but Donald Trump was focused on o [...]

    MARION, Ind. — What started as a handful of Donald Trump supporters heckling Ted Cruz from across the street outside a campaign stop  [...]

    Update: On Monday, Heidi Cruz was asked about the mostly joking rumors that her husband was the Zodiac Killer, including some jokes L [...]

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended comedian Larry Wilmore’s use of the n-word and other racially-tinged epithets [...]

    The Weight of One Mission: Recounting the Death of Usama bin Laden, Five Years Later

    It’s a scene you never forget. The intensity. The focus.  The stillness of a room. The weight of one mission. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden i [...]

    No Bernie, the superdelegates won’t bail you out

    After getting his ass whooped last Tuesday (losing the popular vote by ~764,000 on the day), Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying he was continuing in the race to amass delegates to impact policy at the convention: “This campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Phila [...]

    Fracking or No Fracking, Who Gets to Decide?

    Fracking is a difficult issue, as it allows for a lot of domestic energy production which brings down consumer costs and gives our foreign policy establishment more flexibility, but also introduces new environmental concerns that range from the traditional degradation associated with foss [...]

    This Voting Rights Battle Could Determine the Election

    House and Senate Republicans in Virginia announced Monday that the GOP would sue to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s restoration of voting rights for more than 200,000 felons in time for the November election. McAuliffe, a Democrat and longtime friend of and fundraiser for Bill and Hill [...]

    Marco Rubio backers contemplate deep importance of Marco Rubio in race Marco Rubio already lost

    This whole article is deeply funny, in a schadenfreude way: The “strategy” involved in ex-wunderkind’s decision to endorse or not endorse Ted Cruz in Cruz’s final doomed battle against the party-wrecking Donald Trump. “At this point, number one, it’s not a year whe [...]

    Jonathan Chait argues that the appeal of Bernie Sanders isn’t truly rooted in his ideology: It is certainly true that Sanders pushed [...]

    Want the perfect illustration of just how uncomfortable the prospect of Donald Trump as the presidential nominee makes many Republica [...]

    Chuck Todd asked Ted Cruz if he would support Donald Trump. It took Cruz 772 words to ‘answer.’

    Want the perfect illustration of just how uncomfortable the prospect of Donald Trump as the presidential nominee makes many Republicans? Witness what happened on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Moderator Chuck Todd asked Ted Cruz a very simple question: “If [Trump is] the no [...]