The U.S. just suffered the hottest May-June-July on record

If you found yourself thinking it was scorching hot in recent weeks, well, you were right. For the three-month period of May to July, the entire contiguous United States (CONUS) “ranked hottest on record,” as the National Weather Service in Los Angeles, California tweeted out Wednesday,…

If Gretchen Whitmer is ‘the establishment,’ progressives are winning

If you followed the national political coverage of Tuesday night’s Michigan gubernatorial primaries, you probably think that the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party just got pwned. The Democratic primary pitted Gretchen Whitmer, a longtime state lawmaker and legislative leader, against Abdul El-Sayed, a…

Unhinged conservative conspiracy theory goes mainstream at Trump’s Tampa rally

If there were any doubts the QAnon conspiracy has gone fully mainstream, Trump’s rally in Tampa Tuesday put at an end to them. Supporters of the pro-Trump, far-right theory were clearly visible both in the lines outside the rally and inside the exposition hall. They…

Cambodians prepare for election day as government tightens its grip on press freedom

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — “If you face a lion, you will die,” warns Sovanna Ra, a local journalist for an international newswire service in Cambodia. In the week before the country’s national election — the first since the main opposition party was banned and its…

Zuckerberg ‘clarification’ makes clear Facebook won’t stop the spread of climate science denial

If you had any hope that Facebook would be a positive force in the fight against catastrophic climate change, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dashed them this week. Serious U.S. climate action has been stalled by billions of dollars in spending by the big fossil fuel…