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How to Stay Politically Active When You Just Can’t Even How to Stay Politically Active When You Just Can’t Even

The news cycle is enough to make you lose hope. Every day brings some fresh horror, or an update on an ongoing horror, or rumblings of horrors to come. It’s like being repeatedly smacked in the face with a tetherball. The events of the last couple of years have pushed some of us to be more politically active, which…

How to Remove an Unfit President With the 25th Amendment How to Remove an Unfit President With the 25th Amendment

The US Constitution provides instructions for how to remove a president from office if they are unfit to do their job—gravely wounded, for example, or mentally unstable. The instructions were ratified as an amendment in 1967, after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Until that point, the Constitution just vaguely…

Why Lawrence O'Donnell Says You Should Take Acting Classes 

Lawrence O’Donnell, television pundit and author of the recently rereleased book Deadly Force : A Police Shooting and My Family’s Search for the Truth, visits the Lifehacker studio to talk about why his book was rereleased now, how police brutality is hardly new news, and what you should do if you witness an event in…

How to Reinvent Yourself, With Coss Marte and Lawrence O'Donnell  How to Reinvent Yourself, With Coss Marte and Lawrence O'Donnell 

In this episode, Coss Marte tells us how he went from drug kingpin to fitness entrepreneur using a regimen he developed in prison. Then we head outside to find out how people have reinvented themselves, and chat with television pundit Lawrence O’Donnell about how he reinvented himself as a socialist (and why some…

What Is Shadow Banning on Twitter? What Is Shadow Banning on Twitter?

Last week the president, alluding to a poorly researched article by VICE News, accused Twitter of “shadow banning prominent Republicans.” Twitter didn’t shadow ban anyone. But they did hide some Republican politicians’ accounts, not because they were Republicans, but for two more embarrassing reasons.

How to Fight the Actual Source of Ocean Garbage (Which Isn't Straws)  How to Fight the Actual Source of Ocean Garbage (Which Isn't Straws) 

Can we stop being mad at plastic straws for a minute? Some folks are saying plastic straws are stupid and useless while others make the point that I’m disabled and I need these to drink. What if the fate of the ocean doesn’t hinge on plastic straws at all? Because one of the largest sources of garbage plastic in the…

What Is Treason? What Is Treason?

Treason, the act of betraying one’s country, is a serious charge. Under US law, it’s defined so narrowly and enforced so rarely that only a few dozen people have faced treason charges in our country’s history. The Constitution sets out a definition of treason and states that presidents can be impeached for it, so in…

What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a Texas state law restricting access to abortion was unconstitutional. If that decision were to be overturned by a future Supreme Court case (something anti-abortion advocates are working toward), states could once again enforce such laws.

What Is a Constitutional Crisis? What Is a Constitutional Crisis?

The term “constitutional crisis” has been on a lot of people’s minds over the last two years, but what does it mean? And what could it lead to? Here’s what you need to know.

Where to Volunteer, Donate, and Protest to Fight Family Separation at the Border Where to Volunteer, Donate, and Protest to Fight Family Separation at the Border

The Trump administration is separating children from their parents through two new policies, keeping children in cages, and lying about all of it. This may seem like a massive problem that you can’t help to solve. But you can, with your time, money, skills, or just a phone call.

How to Make Sure You Don't Get Kicked Off State Voter Rolls How to Make Sure You Don't Get Kicked Off State Voter Rolls

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ohio’s aggressive purging of voting rolls. Basically, they’re saying a state can “unregister” people to vote if they skip a couple elections and fail to respond to a notice from state election officials. Here’s how you can make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

How to Roast Someone Like a Pro  How to Roast Someone Like a Pro 

Unless you were hiking the Appalachian Trail this weekend, you probably know that Michelle Wolf delivered the standard “roast” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night and delivered some choice lines skewering the Trump administration and the media. From the reaction, you’d be forgiven for thinking…

Is This an Innocent OK Sign or a White Power Symbol? Is This an Innocent OK Sign or a White Power Symbol?

This post is about Kanye West’s week of MAGA. Sorry. As you probably heard, Kanye is back on Twitter, this time with a bizarre and escalating series of tweets that seem to endorse weirdo conservatives and even Donald Trump. Every tweet inspires an explainer. Yesterday Kanye tweeted a picture of himself in a MAGA hat,…

How to Spot Bullshit Polls in the News How to Spot Bullshit Polls in the News

When you’re reading the news, it can feel reassuring when the journalist backs up their claim with survey results. But not all surveys are equally trustworthy. Thankfully there are a few telltale signs of untrustworthy polls—as well as polls you can kind of trust. Yeah, it’s a spectrum.

What Happens When Every Citizen Receives a Universal Basic Income What Happens When Every Citizen Receives a Universal Basic Income

Later this year, Stockton, a city in California with a 25% poverty rate, will conduct an unusual experiment: Roughly 100 of its citizens will receive $500 a month for 12-18 months, with no work requirements and no strings attached. Researchers likely will regularly assess the recipients’ health, childcare…

Stop Yelling at Sinclair's Anchors Stop Yelling at Sinclair's Anchors

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing you to scream at his employees. Sinclair Broadcast Group recently forced news anchors at its 173 local TV stations to recite a script full of Trump-friendly talking points about fake news and a biased media. The story blew up last week when Deadspin (one of…

When Do You Talk About Gun Ownership in a Relationship? When Do You Talk About Gun Ownership in a Relationship?

Some people have problems that require delicate advice from a qualified professional. Others just need a random a guy on the internet to kick ‘em in the teeth (with honesty, that is). I’m the latter. Welcome back to Tough Love.

This 'March for Our Lives' Browser Game Helps Spread Awareness for Saturday's March This 'March for Our Lives' Browser Game Helps Spread Awareness for Saturday's March

On Saturday, March 24, people will be gathering all over the country for the March for Our Lives. This browser game, Game for Our Lives, was built to help spread the word about the protest, and give you a nice distraction on Friday afternoon.

Cigarettes Should Be Illegal  Cigarettes Should Be Illegal 

I got an email yesterday from the FDA that contained this bummer of a statement: “[C]igarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users.”

A Student's Guide to Walkouts and Protests A Student's Guide to Walkouts and Protests

The school shooting in Parkland, Florida has sparked a wave of student activism across the country: Teenagers are marching, organizing, and taking to social media to pressure their reps for meaningful gun legislation. In the last two weeks students have walked out of school to protest, and there are more protests…

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