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Turkey is ‘on the cliff of a complete collapse’

Terrorism reared its deadly head again in Turkey on Monday, and an attack in Germany is also strongly suspected of links to radical Islamic terrorism, events that Act for America President Brigitte Gabriel says appear to be the latest indications of a bloody ideology fighting for power. On Monday, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov […] …

Woman fired for observing Passover fights back

An Orthodox Jewish woman who worked for the company that runs both Reagan National and Dulles airports is fighting back after being forced out of her job – allegedly because she observed Passover. “It takes some chutzpah for the government to punish a Jewish woman for celebrating Passover,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel of Becket […] …

Asian rock group fights to be called ‘Slants’

The federal government is in court to enforce its claim that approving a trademark makes that speech the government’s own in a fight over a band name, the Slants. The case that also could affect the NFL Washington team’s name, the Redskins. But privacy experts are arguing, through a friend-of-the-court brief, that if that’s the […] …

Redefining Reality

Donald Trump is never going to stop being Donald Trump. I think that much should be obvious to all by now. What this means for his term in office is really anyone’s guess at the moment, but what concerns me the most is how he may just continue to redefine reality to suit his own ego’s needs. This is currently on display in the calls for investigating Russia’s hacking during the election. Team Trump seems content to define their own reality, which might be stated: “It’s just another sore-loser complaint from Democrats and the mainstream media ― they can’t accept the fact that Trump won, so they’re making stuff up about Russia interfering in the election to feel better, that’s all.” Trump rejects the consensus of what is now the entire intelligence-gathering apparatus of the federal government, because he doesn’t like what they’re reporting to him.
The importance of Trump’s choice to define how he thinks the world works (as opposed to the reality on the ground) is probably going to have a bigger impact in the future, though. We won’t have another presidential election (for the Russians to meddle in) for four years, but in the meantime there will be all…

Trump Voters Think African Americans Are Much Less Deserving than ‘Average Americans’

Many have argued that Donald Trump won the presidency because the political establishment ignored the plight of white working class Americans. Everyone from the far right to far left, including Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden has suggested that the Clinton campaign didn’t pay enough attention to this group’s legitimate economic grievances. A few astute analysts, however, have noted that the sympathetic focus on white America’s problems stands in stark contrast with conservatives’ lack of empathy for communities of color. Indeed, when African Americans protest against profound racial inequality–unequal conditions that are directly traceable to discriminatory governmental policies–they are often condemned by the right as “whiners” who should simply try harder to remedy their own situations. Such different portraits of white and non-white Americans’ grievances have their origins in what social psychologists call “ultimate attribution error.” This error means that when whites struggle, their troubles are generally attributed to situational forces (e.g., outsourcing); but when non-whites struggle, their plight is more often attributed to dispositional traits (i.e., poor work ethic). Consequently, whites are considered more deserving than blacks. To quantify this double standard in deservingness we embedded an experiment in a new HuffPost/YouGov survey….