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Jimmy Fallon makes a Chris Christie fat joke — to Chris Christie [Video]

While interviewing his guest, GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on Monday about Christie’s presidential run, Jimmy Fallon couldn’t resist making a sly comment about Christie’s penchant for ice cream. Christie immediately got up and left the stage of NBC’s “ [...]

Why ‘Cops’ lives Matter’ fundamentally misses the point

In Harris County, Tex., Sheriff Ron Hickman is in the midst of a difficult time. He’s lost one of his deputies to a shooting at a suburban Houston gas station. And while the man arrested in connection with the shooting death of Deputy Darren H. Goforth has yet to provide law enf [...]

Veterans: Federal offices can be bad fits for us

Veterans who’ve joined the government find it’s just too bureaucratic. They bristle at the resentment they feel from colleagues who know they went to the head of the hiring queue. They acknowledge that they don’t always fit in: Just below the surface, deep culture cl [...]

A Lot of American Catholics Have Never Heard of Pope Francis’ Most Important New Message

Pope Francis has so far had a tough time selling his high-profile climate campaign to Americans—even to the faithful. Two recent national surveys asked whether American Catholics were familiar with the pope’s call for action, and the results were decidedly mixed. Polling data  [...]

According to a new report from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, racial bias can affect the likelihood of people pulling the  [...]

Watch Donald Trump Completely Contradict Himself on US Troops in Iraq

Donald Trump, the celebrity tycoon and front-runner in the Republican 2016 race, doesn’t hold back when he criticizes the Bush-Cheney crowd for the Iraq War. Over the years, he has called the Iraq invasion a “big mistake” and a “mess,” and he has insisted he  [...]

Rand Paul’s grand, inaccurate retelling of ‘federal SWAT team’ raids

“Your government might have grown too large if they have 48 federal SWAT teams. The Department of Education has a SWAT team. They arrested a man and handcuffed him for six hours for nonpayment of student debt. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his student debt. Turns out it was his girlfriend’ [...]

Open thread for night owls: Tennessee county’s commissioners say no way to privatizing a prison

Donald Cohen is the founder executive director of In the Public Interest, a resource and policy center that focuses on privatizing and contracting. He writes: Last week, in a powerful affirmation of the common good, commissioners in Tennessee’s Johnson County unanimously opposed the priv [...]

Glenn Beck got 20,000 people to turn out for an ‘All Lives Matter’ rally

August 28 marks the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best remembered as the setting for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Few Americans have recognized the date with the enthusiasm of Glenn Beck. In 2010, the conservative radi [...]

As the music industry celebrates, it’s still struggling to halt the decline

Nicki Minaj performs during MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards Last night, people across the entertainment industry gathered to honor accomplishments in music on a network that doesn’t play music anymore. MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards are like every other televised awards p [...]

And now for Deep Thoughts with Donald Trump

For those that don’t think a wall (fence) works, why don’t they suggest taking down the fence around the White House? Foolish people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2015 Donald J. Trump: super genius. Go to Source : And now for Deep Thoughts with Donald Trump

You know, I thought this nonsense had stopped. I don’t know why I thought it had stopped—out of sight, out of mind?—but a [...]

Liz Cheney on the ‘gratitude’ Americans have for her torture-supporting father

I’m not sure why Bush administration Vice President Dick Cheney and his offspring Liz continue to pair up for their Sunday show appearances, unless we’re just preparing for the inevitable day when master kicks the bucket and apprentice must advocate for monstrous things all b [...]

To deport American-born children, conservatives keen on rewriting 100+ years of American law

Get. The Hell. Over It. I don’t know how to properly express how nonsensical I find this theory of dodging the 14th Amendment in order to find children of undocumented American immigrants non-citizens, and therefore deportable. It requires ignoring over a hundred years of settled  [...]

Congressman apologizes to parents for scaring children with talk of nuclear bombs and suicide bombers

(This post has been updated.) A U.S. congressman’s visit to a local elementary school late last week, likely intended to be an innocuous chat about government in the manner of Schoolhouse Rock, turned nightmare-inducing for the children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) was explaining [...]

Congressman apologies to parents for scaring children with talk of nuclear bombs and suicide bombers

(This post has been updated.) A U.S. congressman’s visit to a local elementary school late last week, likely intended to be an innocuous chat about government in the manner of Schoolhouse Rock, turned nightmare-inducing for the children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) was explaining [...]

A congressman scares children with talk of nuclear weapons and suicide bombers

A U.S. congressman’s visit to a local elementary school late last week, likely intended to be an innocuous chat about government in the manner of Schoolhouse Rock, turned nightmare-inducing for the children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) was explaining to a room of second and third [...]

Against Musicians’ Biographies

“Water Boy” was already an old song when the folksinger Odetta performed her version of it at Carnegie Hall in 1960. Originating with African American convicts in Jim Crow Georgia, or so the story goes, the song’s lyrics give voice to parched laborers as they call for water and defe [...]

Who do actual law enforcement officers see as the biggest terrorist threats in America? Surprise! It’s not Islamic radicals: Approxi [...]

This Ohio GOP congressman is going to fight the Mt. McKinley name change

“I’m sitting on main street in Dayton, Ohio,” said Rep. Mike Turner. “I can tell you, the residents of this city are furious.” The source of their fury — and of Turner’s — is the news that President Obama will restore the native name of  [...]