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America Cares About Climate Change Again
Mar 19, 2019

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By Robinson Meyer Suddenly, climate change is a high-profile national issue again. It’s not just the Green New Deal. Around the country, the loose alliance of politicians, activists, and organizations concerned about climate change is mobilizing. They are deploying a new set of strategies aimed at changing the minds—or at least the behaviors—of a large …


A Meteor as Powerful as 10 Nuclear Bombs Exploded in The Sky, And We All Missed It
Mar 19, 2019

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By Michelle Starr A few months ago, on 18 December 2018, a massive airburst in the skies above Earth exploded with the equivalent of 173 kilotons of TNT. That’s over 10 times the amount released by the Hiroshima bombing (15 kilotons), and the third largest meteor explosion in over 100 years, coming in behind the …


Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive
Mar 19, 2019 · 2 

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BY PHILIP SCHWADEL AND GREGORY A. SMITH More than two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, white evangelical Protestants in the United States continue to overwhelmingly support him, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data. Other religious groups, however, are more divided in their views of the president. Roughly seven-in-ten white evangelical …


Supreme Court Won’t Hear B&B’s Anti-LGBTQ “Religious Freedom” Case
Mar 19, 2019 · 4 

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By Jeff Taylor The Supreme Court has decided Monday not to take up the case of a Hawaii bed and breakfast owner who declined to rent a room to a lesbian couples over objections to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. That decision leaves a lower court opinion against the proprietor of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, …


83 Gargantuan Black Holes Spotted Guzzling Down Dinner at the Edge of the Universe
Mar 18, 2019

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By Stephanie Pappas Astronomers have discovered 83 supermassive black holes birthed by the universe in its infancy. More precisely, the researchers have detected quasars, or huge, luminous disks of gases and dust that surround supermassive black holes. (The black holes themselves emit no light or energy, of course, though friction from the matter that swirls …


Christian Host Bryan Fischer Defends New Zealand Terror Attack As ‘Vigilante Justice’
Mar 18, 2019 · 2 

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By Michael Stone Conservative Christian radio host Bryan Fischer claims the New Zealand terrorist “took things into his own hands” because his government would not do anything to stop Islam. Fischer, speaking on his “Focal Point” radio show a day after a terrorist attack left 49 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, …


#MAGA Church: The Doomsday Prophet Who Says the Bible Predicted Trump
Mar 18, 2019

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By Sam Kestenbaum On a Sunday morning at Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, N.J., a bearded pastor named Jonathan Cahn stood on an elevated platform, gazing over a full house. Stage lights shifted from blue to white as the backing band played a drifting melody. Two men hoisted curled rams’ horns and let out …


Missouri Bill to Teach Bible Class in Public Schools Inches Closer to Law
Mar 18, 2019

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By David G. McAfee A bill sponsored by a Missouri legislator would allow public school districts to offer elective Bible classes to students. HB 267 wouldn’t force districts to offer the classes like a similar bill in Florida, but it still opens the schools up to possible legal troubles if the classes aren’t taught objectively. The legislation — …


A Strange, Sleeping Magnetar Just Woke Up After a Decade of Silence
Mar 15, 2019

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By Rafi Letzter A particularly odd, spinning star has woken up, and it”s spitting bright flashes of radio waves at us again. The stellar spinner is a magnetar, which is a type of neutron star — a Manhattan-size remnant of a larger star, and the densest type of object besides black holes that we’ve detected anywhere in …


Anti-Vax Parents Lose Bid to Send Kids to School Amid Measles Outbreak
Mar 15, 2019

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By David G. McAfee A judge in New York has ruled against anti-vaxxer parents who want to send their unvaccinated kids to school during a measles outbreak. More than 40 unvaccinated students were banned from the private Green Meadow Waldorf School in Rockland County, where local residents are currently experiencing a measles outbreak. Several parents …


The Duggars Helped Overturn LGBTQ Civil Rights in Arkansas. They Still Have a TV Show.
Mar 15, 2019

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By Nico Lang The public may have forgotten about the Duggars, but Arkansas has not. The family’s TLC reality show, Counting On, quietly debuted its ninth season last month. A spinoff of the once-popular 19 Kids and Counting, it was developed after reports broke that Josh Duggar, the oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle, molested four …


49 killed in terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
Mar 15, 2019

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By Isaac Stanley-Becker, Eli Rosenberg, and Alex Horton Forty-nine people are dead and scores more are injured after a heavily armed gunman clad in military-style gear opened fire during prayers at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. A second mosque was also targeted in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called …