How Did We Get To 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants?

by ROBERT SIEGEL and SELENA SIMMONS-DUFFIN from NPR An estimated 11 million immigrants live and work in the United States illegally. Their fate is one of the big policy questions facing the country. The story of how that population grew so large is a long one that’s mostly about Mexico, and full of unintended consequences. Prior to the…

From The BBC: The Invention of Heterosexuality

By Brandon Ambrosino from BBC The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.” More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the…

Looking Back: Americans Don’t Trust Their Institutions Anymore

By Clare Malone from FiveThirtyEight We live in interesting times, but I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to be alive for the dawn of politics, for our first encounters with one another when we started to make rules that would help hunting and trading and fishing and fornicating and building happen smoothly.…

Trump Hasn’t Rolled Back Obama’s Executive Orders (So Far)

By Meredith Conroy from FiveThirtyEight The White House says it won’t revoke former President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination among federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The statement, made last week, was issued to address rumors that the Trump administration was drafting a “religious freedom” executive order that might…

Which Countries’ Terrorist Attacks Are Ignored By The U.S. Media?

By Milo Beckman from FiveThirtyEight President Trump attacked the news media on Friday, Feb. 3, for supposedly underreporting acts of terrorism in Western countries. But, as this analysis from July of last year shows, attacks in the West are consistently overreported relative to similar attacks elsewhere.   When a man drove a truck through a…