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Astronomers Discover ‘Pi Earth’ Exoplanet Orbits Its Star Once Every 3.14 Days
Sep 22, 2020

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By Michelle Starr Every exoplanet is special in its own way, but a newly discovered exoplanet 186 light-years away is an especially delicious treat. It’s a smallish world around the same size as Earth, whipping around its star on an orbit that takes just 3.14 days. That’s extremely close to the mathematical constant π (Pi), …


Under GOP Pressure, U.S. Military Gives Green Light to Proselytizing Officers
Sep 22, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta The Department of Defense, under the Trump administration, has released new guidelines that effective allow U.S. military leaders to get away with preaching to their subordinates. Consider this: Earlier this year, the official Facebook page for the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade — part of the Fort Drum Army base in northern …


Trump’s Nominee to Fill RBG’s Seat is Unfit. By Definition
Sep 22, 2020

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By Andrew L. Seidel The name will be announced later this week. The president, a former reality show host, has a penchant for dragging out nominations in an orgy of egocentric pomp, one of his many corrosive influences. But indecent haste has driven Trump to promise to name a person willing to fill Justice Ruth Bader …


Christian group’s leaked texts call for hanging gays “in a loving way”
Sep 22, 2020

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By Alex Bollinger A Christian organization in the Cayman Islands was caught calling for LGBTQ people to be hanged “in a loving way,” and now the governor is calling for calm on “both sides,” as if LGBTQ people were at fault for the death threats. Two weeks ago, messages sent between members of the Christian …


Rising temperatures shrink Arctic sea ice to second-lowest level on record
Sep 21, 2020

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By Reuters Rising temperatures in the Arctic shrank the ice covering the polar ocean this year to its second-lowest extent in four decades, scientists have announced, in yet another sign of how the climate crisis is rapidly transforming the region. Satellites recorded this year’s sea ice minimum at 3.74m sq km on 15 September, only the second …


Who is Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
Sep 21, 2020 · 6 

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By Colby Itkowitz At the top of President Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a jurist in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia who fulfills nearly all criteria on conservatives’ wish list. At 48 years old, Barrett could hold the lifetime seat …


Mike Pompeo: It’s “Imperative” to Connect U.S. Foreign Policy to Christianity
Sep 21, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas and told the (indoor, mask-optional) congregation that we live in a Christian country. It’s only the most recent example of Pompeo using his pulpit as the nation’s top ambassador to promote his conservative Christian religion. Back in October, the front page …


Are Iraqi youths losing their religion?
Sep 21, 2020

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By Judit Neurink “It’s about my identity,” Yara Ali said with confidence. Ali is an Arab-Iraqi lawyer and prominent activist living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; for security reasons, she uses a pseudonym. “I was forced to wear it. It was to protect me, but it wasn’t me.” Yara, 29, told Al-Monitor. A couple of years …


Pastel-colored Jupiter dazzles in gorgeous Hubble telescope photo
Sep 18, 2020

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By Mike Wall It’s like somebody put Jupiter under a blacklight. A new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the solar system’s largest planet in surprising pastel hues. The image, captured on Aug. 25, combines data in ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared light to give researchers a new look at Jupiter, one that could reveal insights about the gas …


More And More Americans Aren’t Religious. Why Are Democrats Ignoring These Voters?
Sep 18, 2020 · 1 

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By Daniel Cox and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux Democrats are once again doubling down on religion this year. Faith was on full display during the Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden closed out the week with several pointed references to his Catholic faith. And the Biden campaign is also making an ambitious play for white evangelical Protestants and Mormons, two loyal …