Like many, I’ve been inspired by watching so many of the teenagers who survived last week’s shooting in Florida turn into activists and demand action. I know I joke around a lot about “get off my lawn,” but I’ve been a big fan of those damn kids these days for many years now and this only reinforces that. (more…) Read more

When Barry Lynn retired as the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State late last year, I was very curious to see who might take his place. I was hoping they would promote from within, perhaps with my friend Rob Boston, but they’ve now hired a new ED and she seems to be an excellent choice. Meet Rachel Laser. (more…) Read more

For the second time, a creationist in Pennsylvania has had a lawsuit he filed over the teaching of evolution in public schools — he claims it’s actually unconstitutional to teach it — dismissed by a state court. Maybe now he’ll take the hint. (more…) Read more

Twice in the last week right-wing trolls have been caught trying to manufacture fake news to discredit things they don’t like. In the first instance, we have people posting fake stories on Twitter about white people being violently attacked going to see the new Black Panther movie. (more…) Read more

It took about 5 seconds for Alex Jones to declare the mass school shooting in Florida to be a false flag operation ordered by “globalists” to cover up the release of the Nunes memo (two weeks later?). So naturally he sent crackpot Laura Loomer down there to harass local politicians with inane questions. (more…) Read more

Desperate to say or do anything to get the heat of the Russia investigation removed, Donald Trump unleashed another tweet from an alternate reality that exists only in his mind and those of his followers. He actually claims he’s been tougher on Russia than Obama was. (more…) Read more

After Gov. Tom Wolf rejected a new districting map drawn up by Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature, the state supreme court had a non-partisan expert draw new maps that make much more sense. Naturally, the Republicans are suing — again — to try to gum up the works a while longer. (more…) Read more

After Laura Ingraham told Lebron James and other athletes speaking out on social justice issues to “shut up and dribble,” and taking criticism for it, Dinesh D’Souza decided he needed to come to the rescue of his ex-girlfriend (they dated at Dartmouth long ago). And his weapon of choice, unsurprisingly: Hypocrisy. (more…) Read more

We know from study after study after study that implicit, and sometimes explicit, gender and racial biases can have a serious effect on decisions in hiring, housing and other areas. This study from the Kennedy School of Government, which dealt with hiring decisions by symphony orchestras, shows how those biases can be reduced through blind judging. (more…) Read more

I mocked Mitt Romney yesterday for his constant flip flopping on everything, including those times when he gets all self-righteous and declares his undying fealty to principle. And as if on cue he provides a spectacular example, pointed out by Sam Stein: (more…) Read more

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