South Carolina and Nevada Paint Ominous Picture of the 2016 Election

The results from Saturday night are not shocking. In both Nevada and South Carolina, the outcome was predictable. Hillary Clinton pulled off the win for the Democrats, even if by a smaller margin than would have been expected a month ago. Donald Trump won by a much larger margin, more or less aligning with what the polls had been saying. No surprises.

That is, unless you look below the surface. When you go beyond the vote tallies to turnout and demographics, the results get a little more disconcerting.

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John Oliver Explains the Unnecessary Laws Politicians Pass to Block Women from Having Abortions

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spent half the show talking about the completely unnecessary laws blocking women from having access to abortions. While anti-abortion politicians love to say they’re passing laws to protect the health of women, Oliver showed how health has nothing to do with it:

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Podcast Ep. 95: Jeffrey Tayler, Author and Salon Columnist

Our latest podcast guest is Jeffrey Tayler, an author and columnist at Salon, where he writes wonderful articles defending atheists and criticizing the Religious Right.

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Tayler is also the Russia correspondent for the Atlantic. His latest book is called Topless Jihadis: Inside Femen, the World’s Most Provocative Activist Group.

I spoke with him about Salon‘s reputation for publishing just about anything criticizing atheists, what the public doesn’t understand about the New Atheists, and the impact religion will have on the 2016 elections.

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Louisiana Police Chief Does “Research” on Critics Who Dislike His “In God We Trust” Initiative

A couple of days ago, Chief Tim Lentz of the Covington Police Department (in Louisiana) wrote on Facebook about his decision to put “In God We Trust” stickers on all the vehicles.

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Conservatives Are Forgetting What Jesus Said in Their Criticism of Pope Francis’ Wall Comments

When it comes to taking rights away from other people, nothing is more important to conservatives that meeting biblical demands (or at least those demands they attribute to the Bible). Oddly enough, that paramount importance is lost when following biblical principles would interfere with enacting conservative policy. And conservatives go to great lengths to explain away or ignore those parts of the Bible.

For example, Pope Francis’ recent comments about Donald Trump? Well they present a veritable case study in conservative eagerness to disregard scripture. When asked, the Pope said:

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.

This has since prompted a flurry of responses from conservatives — including the following, from (Catholic) Sean Hannity:

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