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National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown

As the government shutdown extends into the new year, public lands and national parks are struggling to handle the trash, waste, and other damage from visitors. National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown There is no more fitting metaphor for the Republican party than the piles of trash and overflowing toilets […]

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“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown reveals the real reason the president attracts hardcore supporters. “He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud The tell when someone is acting in bad faith is when the argument and their actions are misaligned to the point […]

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New estimate: GOP’s second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit

A second round of Republican tax cuts would add an additional $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a new report released by a centrist think-tank. The package was taken up by a House committee on Thursday and is expected to head to a vote on the floor later this month. […]

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Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

After a student was expelled for refusing to stand for her school’s Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas Attorney General is intervening. Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school This was settled by the supreme court in 1943 “West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette” Students […]

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Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father If the […]

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How Ken Starr’s Associate Brett Kavanaugh Would Question Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have engaged Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, to question Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday about Ford’s allegations of sexual assault. via How Ken Starr’s Associate Brett Kavanaugh Would Question Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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Why Populists Reject Evidence

But Kuhn did see a means through which true change could come—both in science and politics, whose revolutions Kuhn saw as fundamentally similar. Even though revolutions—profound shifts in thought—are a response to inherent problems, mere arguments and empirical evidence pointing out the problem aren’t enough to start them, Kuhn argued. A compelling alternative theory also […]

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Calls to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh from His Federal Judgeship Intensify

The consequences of the attempted sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh may not stop at possible ramifications for his U.S. Supreme Court chances. Calls are also intensifying for his “impeachment” from his current federal judgeship. via Calls to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh from His Federal Judgeship Intensify

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Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River. Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River Look at all that CLEAN COAL washing over that pristine forest. That’s what […]

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Lagoons of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence. Yes, That’s as Nasty as It Sounds.

The record-breaking rains that started with Hurricane Florence are continuing to strain North Carolina’s hog lagoons. via Lagoons of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence. Yes, That’s as Nasty as It Sounds.