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Watch Laverne Cox Wreck Anti-Trans Fear-Mongering

Issues of equality and identity that seemed at the very least headed in the right direction last year — even if progress was slower than advocates would have liked — have now been hurled back into the realm of caustic cable news debates. At the moment, there's no better representation of this than the matter of rights and protections for transgender Americans. So: You should watch this anti-trans advocate dodge answering which bathroom Laverne Cox should. Consider that, for an anti-trans rights …

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Wanna Read Trump's CPAC Speech?

President Donald J. Trump just wrapped up speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, in what was the first time a sitting president delivered such an address since former president George W. Bush did so at the 2008 event, during his final year in office. And if you missed it, whether deliberately or accidentally, never fear ― you can catch up on everything he said, and you don't even have to listen to him shout, either. That's because you can read Trump's CPAC speech in transcript…

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21 'Washington Post' Slogan Memes

If you're an avid consumer of print and digital journalism, then there's a pretty good chance you've already heard about the dramatic four words now included in the Washington Post's masthead. Namely: "Democracy Dies in Darkness." Feels rather appropriate, right? And, just like you might expect, it's generated a fair amount of reaction on social media. Here are some reactions to the Washington Post's new slogan ― as it turns out, a lot of people have opinions on the statement about democracy and…

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SodaStream Just Recalled Thousands Of Bottles

Here's some important health and safety news for anyone who's a fan of making your own fizzy drinks: SodaStream is recalling some bottles which might explode under pressure, a major safety risk. According to the SodaStream press release, approximately 51,000 such bottles were sold in the United States, meaning it's critical that all the people who bought them receive the news about the recall. There have not yet been any reported injuries, according to SodaStream, which put out the voluntary re…

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A Cluster Of Earth-Sized Planets Were Discovered

According to reports, the state of potentially human-habitable environments in the universe just got a bit more interesting: NASA scientists have reportedly discovered a cluster of Earth-size planets that could potentially sustain water and life. Seven such planets have reportedly been discovered, floating some 40 lightyears away from Earth, and orbiting their own sun-like star. According to NASA, this is a record-setting find, as never before have so many potentially habitable planets been disc…

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Ken Kratz On What He Thinks The Show Got Wrong

If you're one of the millions of people who got sucked into the engrossing Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer a couple of years ago ― it debuted back in November of 2015 ― there's a good chance you're eagerly anticipating the follow-up series from filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, which is due out sometime this year. Which is why it's no surprise that a familiar face from the first series is making his case against Avery now: Making a Murderer's Ken Kratz has a new book comin…

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You Can Keep Track Of All Trump's Lies

It's now been more than one month since the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, even if it feels like a whole lot longer. And thus far, Presidential Trump has looked a lot like candidate Trump ― bombastic, inflammatory, self-centered, and more than a little mendacious. As such, it's very possible that you're looking for a useful way to visualize Trump's lies over time. If so, the Washington Post has you covered with a set of hugely useful infographics. It's a project the paper's fact chec…

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Trump Talks To A Guy Who Thinks 9/11 Was A Hoax

Here's one more thing that'll keep progressives who are wary about the state of their nation up at night. According to a report from the New York Times, President Donald Trump is still talking to Alex Jones, one of the foremost far-right conspiracy theorists in America today. At least, that's what Jones himself claimed to the Times, telling Jim Rutenberg that he's had contact with the president and has urged him to pursue different lines of attack that sync tightly with the litany of conspiracy …

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The Anne Frank Center Has No Time For Trump

Let the lesson be learned: if you spend weeks seemingly avoiding mentioning anti-Semitism at all costs, even in the face of a rising tide of reported anti-Jewish hate symbols and bomb threats, you shouldn't expect to get a let-bygones-be-bygones response. That's because the Anne Frank Center isn't happy with Trump's anti-Semitism statement, blasting his statement after weeks of silence as commander-in-chief. According to its website, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect dedicates itself to b…

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Pope Francis Is Not Down With Texting At Dinner

Who hasn't felt the need to shoot off a text every now and then, even under awkward or slightly antisocial circumstances? Sometimes, whether to respond to a friend or loved one or just to escape a boring or awkward situation, people living in this bold new technological age will fall back on their magic little windows into the rest of the world. And yet, the leader of the Catholic faith is not so sold on the merits: Pope Francis has a Doomsday message about dinnertime texting, and it's clear tha…

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