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NASA can’t find most of the asteroids threatening Earth, but it has a plan

By Tim Fernholz If the movies teach us anything, it’s that the US government has a small room with a few stressed-out bureaucrats worrying about every disaster that might arise. Volcanos? Absolutely. Pandemic influenza? You got it. Today, we heard from the killer asteroid team. The bad news? NASA is not going to be able to find […]

By Lori Higgins Potential changes to Michigan’s school social studies standards are stirring controversy because they remove references to Roe v. Wade, gay rights and climate change while trimming references to the role of the NAACP. The revisions also eliminate the word “democratic” from the phrase “core democratic values.” Much of the controversy has centered on Republican […]

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By Katherine Stewart If you want to understand American politics today, starting with the prospects for the 2018 midterm elections, you need to know Jim Domen. By the time he was in middle school, Mr. Domen knew he was different. His attraction to boys confused him. He knew it would shock his parents, born-again Christians. […]

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By Bari Weiss On Wednesday, I had an online conversation with Ralph Reed, the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. During the 2016 election, Mr. Reed was instrumental in getting out the evangelical vote for Donald Trump. His group, which has some 1.8 million members, says it will spend $20 million to turn out evangelical […]

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Donald Trump Wants a ‘Space Force,’ But America Already Has One

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By Brandon Specktor In a meeting of the National Space Council yesterday (June 18), President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to get cracking on building a sixth branch of the U.S. military called the Space Force. This ambitious project, which Trump has been teasing for several months now, would result in the first new branch being added to […]

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Evolution, climate change skeptics lose battle over Collier science textbooks

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By Annika Hammerschlag The Collier County School Board voted 3-2 on Monday to adopt a new batch of science textbooks after residents filed objections to more than a dozen of them. Four Collier residents opposed some of the textbooks, making arguments ranging from unbalanced views of evolution and climate change to inaccurate racial depictions of science […]

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The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy

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By Andrew L. Seidel Attorney General Jeff Sessions ignited a public theological debate last week when he used the Bible, specifically Romans 13, to justify the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. He likely took his cues from the White House Bible Study (WHBS), a weekly Bible study for […]

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Focus on the Family: Trump’s Immigrant Prisons Are Bad, But Abortion Is Worse

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By Hemant Mehta As we continue to learn more about the concentration camps for children, created by Donald Trump with the full support of the Republican Party and, by extension, everyone who continues to vote for them, maybe you were wondering what leaders of the Christian Right were thinking. After all, they’re the ones who […]

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Mammals Go Nocturnal in Bid to Avoid Humans

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By Julia Jacobs Humans, it turns out, can annoy more than just one another. In fact, some animal populations are escaping their Homo sapiens cohabitants by sleeping more during the day, a new study finds. Mammals across the globe are becoming increasingly nocturnal to avoid humans’ expanding presence, according to the study, published Thursday in Science […]

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Sessions’s Use of Bible Passage to Defend Immigration Policy Draws Fire

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By Julia Jacobs Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible this week to defend the Trump administration’s immigration policy. His use of religious text to justify a federal policy drew some fire; the text itself drew more. Many were concerned that Mr. Sessions’s chosen chapter, Romans 13, had been commonly used to defend slavery […]

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