Dark Money: Five Years After Citizens United

The new normal? image via www.shutterstock.com By Charles Lewis Professor and Executive Editor Investigative Reporting Workshop American University This week’s news brings an important “ah hah” moment. The conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries and their political network of donors and opaque outside groups are planning to spend a stratospheric $889[…]

Radical Christianist Kills One, Injures Two, in Arapahoe County, Colorado

Kevin Lyons (Arapahoe County Sheriff s Office) By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.07.2016 From the AP / 04.05.2016: A man charged with fatally shooting one neighbor and injuring two others repeatedly disrupted his first court appearance, telling a judge “God’s got this.” Kevin Lee Lyons, 46, faces charges of first-degree murder in the Monday afternoon[…]

Mississippi Republican Legislators Get Words of Wisdom from Christian Cake Baker

Flicker Creative Commons By Stephen D. Foster, Jr. / 04.07.2016 When Mississippi Republicans passed a discriminatory anti-LGBT law, the last thing they expected was backlash from Christians. But that’s exactly what is happening. House Bill 1523 or the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” as Republicans have named it, allows open discrimination by[…]

Democratic Superdelegate List Provided Online

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.07.2016 A list of Democratic superdelegates is being provided online at http://superdelegatelist.com/. You can either submit a superdelegate not yet on the list, or you can view it and contact any superdelegate you wish to express your concerns and desires. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made a statement that upset many supporters of[…]

This New Data is Poised to Revolutionize Climate Adaptation

Photo by Abiy Getahun/Oxfam By combining satellite and on-ground weather information, scientists are improving our ability to bring resilience to extreme weather for the world’s poorest people. By Eric Holthaus / 04.06.2016 People in developed countries rarely think of weather in life-or-death terms. But millions in the developing world have no choice but to do[…]

Behemoth Black Hole Found in an Unlikely Place

Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe. The observations, made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, may indicate that these monster objects may be more common[…]

California Authorities Raid Home of Forced Birth Activist Behind Phony Planned Parenthood Videos

David Daleiden / American Life League/Flickr/Creative Commons By Thamiel Rosenkreuz / 04.06.2016 Things continue to fall apart for the Center of Medical Progress following their court date, as the police raided the home of company head David Daleiden, seizing hard drives and computers for evidence. The moral of the story? You can lie for Christ all[…]

Islamic Scholar Riles Florida Community, Proposes ‘Compassionate’ Death for LGBT People (VIDEO)

Dr. Farrohk Sekaleshfar By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.07.2016 On March 29, Dr. Farrohk Sekaleshfar spoke at the Husseini Islamic Center in Sanford, Florida, drawing the ire of many local community members while his speech was “well received” according to a member of the center. Sekaleshfar, reports WFTV-9 in Seminole County, has been discussing homosexuality[…]