Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gays for the way it had treated them. Speaking to reporters aboard the papal plane, he was asked if he agrees with a German cardinal who said the church should apologize to gays. He replied, "I think that the Church not only should apologize ... to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons."
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.
The emails were released under court order Wednesday
The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton's private server. read more
The horrific massacre in Orlando has once again thrust the specter of domestic terrorism into the limelight, and into the media space. Pundits and politicians alike have taken the incident as yet another opportunity to thump their chests about the need for even more counter-terrorism legislation, a further increase in surveillance state activity and, of course, more war abroad.
more critical than retrospective criticism of the erosion of civil liberties after nearly a decade and a half of propaganda and fearmongering, is the need to oppose the further expansion of such legislation and domestic spying programs. Indeed, while what were once considered rights are now seen as passé, the US is staring down the barrel of a presidential election where the leading candidates are calling for even more surveillance, expanded government databases, and more billions of dollars to be poured into the NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, and the rest of the alphabet soup read more
From the impressive performance of ultra-progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders to businessman/comb-over specialist Donald Trump's bewildering rise to presumptive Republican nominee, the 2016 presidential primary season has been anything but dull. And we may be in for another big surprise going into the general election as third-party candidates stand to have greater opportunity than usual. Will Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton debate?
It's highly unlikely that Stein, the presumptive Green Party nominee, would debate Clinton one-on-one. But Stein could qualify for a presidential debate with both Clinton and Trump. Being on the left of the political spectrum, Stein would primarily, in such a situation, be pitting her policies against Clinton's.
In order to qualify for a presidential debate, Stein would need to garner at least 15 percent support in five recent polls selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates. How likely that is to happen is a bit difficult to gauge read more
10 Outrageous Examples of People Who Really Didn't Belong on the Feds' Terror Watch List
Look no further if you were wondering how messed up America's anti-terror program is.
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, even some of the biggest objectors to gun control are opening the door to restrictions.
"I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no-fly list, to buy guns," Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday, surprising both the left and right.
"For Democrats, however, the move amounts to a strong endorsement of a system that civil liberties advocates have called a "Kafkaesque bureaucracy," and which some Democrats have previously criticized for being secretive, unaccountable, and discriminatory," The Intercept reported in response to the controversy. read more