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This Summer, A Woman Will Be The Head Coach For The NBA’s Smartest Team

Today, the San Antonio Spurs announced that Becky Hammon will serve as their head coach during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Is The Declaration of Independence A ‘Scientific Paper’?

Nearly twelve score years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Interdependence: When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

South Carolina Officials: Lightning Caused Greeleyville Church Fire

South Carolina officials ruled the fire that broke out at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Greeleyville earlier this week was an act of nature — not arson.

Autistic Boy’s Mom Responds To Jim Carrey Using Her Son’s Photo For Anti-Vaccine Rant

The family of an autistic boy is “pretty annoyed” with Jim Carrey for using the boy’s photo to accompany a Twitter rant against vaccinations, according to a report in Buzzfeed News.

How A Devout Mormon Discovered The Federalist’s Anti-Transgender Editorial Policy

A self-described “devout Mormon” and “no-man’s-political-gender-sexual-orientation-thinker,” Donna Carol Voss is just starting her blogging career, hoping to navigate the complex issues of gender, male-female relationships, parenting, and faith.

BREAKING: A Swiss Pilot Just Completed The Longest Solar-Powered Flight In Aviation History

On Friday, Swiss Pilot André Borschberg broke at least three world records. Just before noon, Borschberg landed the Solar Impulse 2 plane in Hawaii after taking off from Japan nearly five days before.

Reddit Goes Dark To Protest Firing Of Top Administrator

Longtime and beloved Reddit administrator Victoria Taylor was reportedly fired Thursday without notice, sparking the take down of multiple threads in a site-wide protest.

Koch-Backed Group Calls For No More National Parks

Claire Moser is the Research and Advocacy Associate with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress.

One Transgender Man’s Battle With Facebook’s ‘Real Name’ Policy

Last October, Facebook apologized to the LGBT community for the way it was enforcing its “real name” policy in a way that unfairly opened people like drag performers and transgender individuals — those whose everyday name might not match their legal name — to abuse.

Women’s World Cup Draws Record-Breaking Audiences After Doubter Said It ‘Wasn’t Worth Watching’

Rupali Srivastava is an intern with ThinkProgress. After a heartbreaking own-goal in stoppage time cost England a spot in the Women’s World Cup final, Japan is set to face the USA–-the same opponent it defeated for the title in 2011–this Sunday.

‘Explosion Of Kindness': The Campaign To Remind Americans How Fireworks Can Affect Vets With PTSD

In the days leading up to and after July 4th, revelers of all ages take to the streets and set off their arsenal of sparklers, firecrackers, rockets, and cherry bombs in celebration of America’s revolutionary birth.

United Airlines Just Invested Millions In Turning Household Garbage Into Jet Fuel

This week, a California-based biofuel company announced a $30 million deal with United Airlines to develop jet fuel using oils derived from animal and vegetable fats — i.e.

Mexican Laborer Delivers Devastating Response To Donald Trump In 58 Seconds — And Never Stops Working

After leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump disparaged Mexican immigrants as “killers and rapists” in his campaign launch last month, the backlash has been widespread.

Fracking’s Water Footprint Is On The Rise

According to a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey, the amount of water used in controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — is on the rise.

Sister Of Alleged Charleston Shooter Complains Massacre Ruined Her Wedding Day, Seeks Donations

The sister of the alleged Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof, is upset that her brother being charged with slaughtering nine people has ruined her dream wedding.

Rick Perry’s Speech To Voters Of Color Ignores Years Of His Own Policies

Former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry told a crowd in D.C. on Thursday that both his home state and the nation must examine both their racist histories and current racial inequalities.

It’s Perfectly Legal For This Tennessee Hardware Store To Refuse Gay Customers

Following last week’s marriage equality rulings, opponents of marriage equality have been negotiating various strategies to avoid recognizing or respecting same-sex matrimony.

The New Overtime Rules Explained In Less Than 2 Minutes

Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced new regulations that would dramatically expand the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay.

Midair Collusion: Feds Probe Possible Conspiracy In U.S. Airline Industry

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating major American air carriers over fears that Delta, American, United, and Southwest are conspiring together to restrict competition at travelers’ expense.

India Says It Won’t Set Date For Reducing Total Carbon Emissions

In disappointing news for watchers of global warming, an Indian government official has said the country won’t announce a target date for reducing the total amount of carbon it emits.


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