How Aretha's powerful sensuality paved the way
How Aretha's powerful sensuality paved the way

Aretha Franklin was America's first real grown-up female pop star. Today's woke queens owe an enormous debt to her voice, her look and her insistence on the value of her voice and her talent.

21 hrs 11 mins ago
Why Paul Manafort would have reason to hope for a Trump pardon
Why Paul Manafort would have reason to hope for a Trump pardon

At Paul Manafort's trial, his lawyers took the unusual step of not calling any witnesses for the defense, setting off speculation that Manafort is relying on the prospect of a presidential pardon. Friday morning, President...

21 hrs 36 mins ago
Political spouses like George Conway are fair game
Political spouses like George Conway are fair game

In recent months, George Conway, the husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has created a stir -- and amassed a considerable Twitter following -- with a series of disapproving tweets about President Donald Trump, his...

21 hrs 56 mins ago
Stop calling them 'Russian troll farms'
Stop calling them 'Russian troll farms'

The phrase "Russian troll farms" has become ubiquitous. It's on network television. It's in leading newspapers. It's on the lips of US senators.

August 17th, 2:54 pm
Teachers donating sick days is a symptom of a wretched system
Teachers donating sick days is a symptom of a wretched system

Donating sick and vacation days may seem like a thoughtful way to have a colleague's back, but it's also a spotlight on a gaping need to fix an utterly broken system.

August 17th, 1:39 pm
The scientific theories battling to explain the universe
The scientific theories battling to explain the universe

In human history, there have been many interesting and epic feuds -- the Hatfields and McCoys, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, or the Notorious B.I.G and Tupac. Many of us love to read in tabloids or history books about the...

August 17th, 8:39 am
Hezbollah is a terror group. The West needs to wake up
Hezbollah is a terror group. The West needs to wake up

Hezbollah's announcement of its impending "victory" in Syria may be a reaction against US sanctions against Iran, but the threat it poses is no less real.

August 17th, 7:04 am
Here's who will be hurt by New York's cap on Uber and Lyft
Here's who will be hurt by New York's cap on Uber and Lyft

New York City's recent decision to place a one-year cap on new for-hire vehicle licenses is a sad example of government favoritism for the yellow taxi industry against fair-market competitors like Uber and Lyft. This will...

August 16th, 11:03 pm
Doctor: Do something about the dangers of e-scooters
Doctor: Do something about the dangers of e-scooters

Electric scooter boards, zipping past with their often helmet-free riders balanced atop, are rolling into American cities -- like my hometown of Atlanta -- at breakneck speed. Really. You could break your neck on one.

August 16th, 11:08 am
Trump's all-about-me approach is warping the presidency
Trump's all-about-me approach is warping the presidency

Does anyone believe President Donald Trump's claim, issued via press secretary Sarah Sanders, that he wanted only to protect the country when he revoked former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance?

August 16th, 5:23 pm
'Listen at her!' The celestial voice of Aretha Franklin
'Listen at her!' The celestial voice of Aretha Franklin

This is what we mean when we call a human being a force of nature:

August 16th, 12:43 pm
Trump is picking on the wrong guy
Trump is picking on the wrong guy

President Trump is picking on the wrong guy if he thinks the revocation of John Brennan's security clearances is going to intimidate or silence him. The man who is in many ways the architect of the war on militant...

August 16th, 12:23 pm
It's time for the EPA to ban asbestos once and for all
It's time for the EPA to ban asbestos once and for all

Nearly 40,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases every year, yet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still hasn't banned this toxic substance.

August 15th, 5:24 pm
As college costs rocket up, unlock the data that will enable smart choices
As college costs rocket up, unlock the data that will enable smart choices

Data increasingly drives the modern world. From picking your seat on an airplane to buying a car to purchasing a product online, consumers are able to read reviews and examine every detail before making a purchase. There's...

August 16th, 8:18 am
Bernie Sanders: Medicare for all's time has come
Bernie Sanders: Medicare for all's time has come

Let's be clear. The American people are increasingly tired of a health care system that works for Wall Street investors, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry -- but ignores their needs. They want real...

August 16th, 8:08 am
If the media speaks with one voice, Trump will have to listen
If the media speaks with one voice, Trump will have to listen

The average American journalist doesn't cover the White House. She is probably overworked, underpaid and frustrated that her stories don't have more of an impact. The average journalist is not powerful. But the media?...

August 16th, 7:53 am
Sex abuse scandal saps trust in the church but not in Catholic teaching
Sex abuse scandal saps trust in the church but not in Catholic teaching

After the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on the decadeslong sexual abuse of more than 1,000 child victims by priests in six dioceses, there is horror and there are questions about what comes next. One question...

August 15th, 5:59 pm
Why 'Crazy Rich Asians' is the right movie for this moment
Why 'Crazy Rich Asians' is the right movie for this moment

You've probably already read about how "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first major studio release to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years -- since The Joy Luck Club accomplished that feat in 1993.

August 15th, 2:09 pm
Trump calling Omarosa a 'dog' is sexist and racist, period
Trump calling Omarosa a 'dog' is sexist and racist, period

President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog."

August 14th, 12:18 pm
Billionaires reach for the stars while world suffers
Billionaires reach for the stars while world suffers

With all due respect to Jeff Bezos and other billionaires who plan to spend billions of dollars of their personal wealth on space travel, hundreds of millions of children who lack access to basic health care and schooling...

August 15th, 8:29 am
Comedian: Funny isn't just by and for white guys
Comedian: Funny isn't just by and for white guys

I can't even believe that in 2018 I still have to lay out why diversity in anything matters.

August 15th, 6:59 am
The real reason we should care about Disney's 'gay' character
The real reason we should care about Disney's 'gay' character

Jack Whitehall recently announced that he will play a role in the Disney film "Jungle Cruise," reportedly the first major openly gay character in a Disney movie. Whitehall, best known for his role as J.P. in the British...

August 13th, 8:17 pm
What to expect in the Manafort trial closing arguments
What to expect in the Manafort trial closing arguments

Closing arguments commence Wednesday morning in the Paul Manafort trial. Here are a few key things to watch for:

August 14th, 5:48 pm
With Trump in the White House, white nationalists aren't going anywhere
With Trump in the White House, white nationalists aren't going anywhere

Standing outside in the rain near Lafayette Square, I waited Sunday to see white supremacists march in Washington, DC. Anxiety simmered under my skin as I lingered for a glimpse of the organizers who crowded...

August 14th, 5:13 pm
Why sanctions against Iran won't make America safer
Why sanctions against Iran won't make America safer

Don't count on sanctions to drive Iran to Donald Trump's bargaining table. Bill Clinton tried that gambit 20 years go. It led to a decade of grief and misery for the Iranian people and set the world even closer to a...

August 14th, 3:13 pm
America's silence makes it complicit in Saudi bombing of Yemeni children
America's silence makes it complicit in Saudi bombing of Yemeni children

Dozens of schoolchildren on a field trip were killed in Yemen last week when a Saudi-led airstrike hit their bus. More than 50 people died; nearly 80 were wounded. Many victims were younger than 10.

August 14th, 1:38 pm
Mueller interviews Trump? It can happen if both sides negotiate in good faith
Mueller interviews Trump? It can happen if both sides negotiate in good faith

Over the past several months, there has been widespread discussion about the prospect of an interview of President Donald Trump by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation. Each side of the fencing match...

August 14th, 1:13 pm
The West cannot afford losing Turkey to Russia and Iran
The West cannot afford losing Turkey to Russia and Iran

Turkey's national currency, the lira, has tumbled by nearly 40% against the US dollar so far this year.

August 14th, 10:18 am
Trump is making it easy for Strzok to claim he was treated unfairly
Trump is making it easy for Strzok to claim he was treated unfairly

President Donald Trump is taking a victory lap, following the firing of embattled FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. But Trump likely doesn't realize he's doing himself more harm than good, considering that each...

August 13th, 7:02 pm
The fast and furious judge in the Manafort trial
The fast and furious judge in the Manafort trial

At the trial of Paul Manafort, taking place in the federal courtroom of Judge T.S. Ellis in Alexandria, Virginia, there is no doubt who holds center stage. Beginning with his accusation that Robert Mueller's team's true...

August 13th, 4:02 pm