Cyclone Hits Bangladesh, Destroying Huts Sheltering Rohingya Refugees

Some 350,000 people reportedly were evacuated from their homes before Cyclone Mora made landfall. The worst damage was at refugee camps housing thousands who fled neighboring Myanmar.(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Trump resisters in robes, Part Two

(Paul Mirengoff) The Fourth Circuit’s decision in the temporary travel ban broke new ground when it comes to judicial activism. I wrote about the decision in a post called “Trump Resisters in Robes.” John wrote about it in a post called “An Affront to the Rule of Law.”

Guess what: We're in for another debt ceiling battle, because Republicans

Now that the GOP is running the whole show in Washington, you'd think we might be able to avoid yet another manufactured debt ceiling crisis. Apparently not. Donald Trump and his aides are angling to raise the debt ceiling by the end of July, blindsiding GOP lawmakers. Politico writes:

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, says the facility will be closed unless the state of Pennsylvania decides to bail it out.(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

Early voting has started in Georgia's 6th District. Get out the vote now!

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District starts Tuesday, May 30. (That’s today!) The June 20 special election for the House seat vacated by Tom Price, the man Donald Trump chose to help eviscerate American health care, pits Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel. It’s a candidate endorsed by John Lewis against a candidate whose top resume item is pulling funds for cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood.

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Alan Sokal, Call Your Office

(Steven Hayward) We’ve had occasion many times before to mention the case of physicist Alan Sokal, who hoaxed the postmodern journal Social Text into publishing an article that argued that even physics was “socially constructed,” and just two weeks ago we noted a new hoax about the “socially-constructed

Trump's budget includes massive cuts to civil rights, minority protections in several agencies

Got civil rights? If you are an American living under the Trump administration, the answer is a clear and resounding no. Of course, it isn’t much of a surprise that a candidate who campaigned on a message of hatred, bigotry and xenophobia would, now that he’s in office, make sure that he’s rolled back our nation’s civil rights progress by decades. And that’s exactly what he plans on doing.

What it was like to be at the fight on the Texas House floor

On Monday, at the end of the Texas legislative session, things took a very nasty turn. Protesters unhappy with a bill passed through the legislature that would ban so-called "sanctuary cities" stormed the chamber, forcing a tense standoff that led to an altercation -- the details of which are unclear -- between Republican and Democratic legislators. Texas Tribune editor Emily Ramshaw witnessed all of it. Our conversation about the fight -- as well as what else went on and whether there's going to be a special session -- conducted via email and lightly edited for flow is below.

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