The presidential candidate is continuing to prove he’s taking his role as an insurgent seriously; a writer ponders whether there is a difference between Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal; meanwhile, some people are in jail based on inaccurate crime lab results which are only getting worse. These discoveries and more below.

Bernie Sanders Is Actually Quite Serious About This ‘Political Revolution’ Thing With a rock concert, a rally, and a key speech in Iowa, the insurgent signals that he intends to remain an insurgent.

Why Is Hillary So Eager to Leave Big Issues in State Hands? This is a problem, particularly because state governments are overwhelmingly Republican.

Is the Kibbutz Lifestyle Sustainable? One cannot ignore the trend: While the 1990s and the early 2000s saw a mass desertion of the younger generation of kibbutzniks, who left for the city, in recent years the trend has reversed.

Paul Ryan, R-Wall Street The new speaker backs bank bailouts, risky investment schemes, and trade deals that have battered his hometown.

As City Room Ends, Times Must Find New Ways to Innovate The New York Times is saying goodbye to what was once one of its most ambitious projects for the digital age: City Room, the blog about all things New York City, and the home for quirky and often participatory news that didn’t seem quite Timesian enough for treatment as bona fide Times articles.

Who Benefits From Standardized Universal Time? You cannot get 300 million people to agree on anything, except this: on Sunday morning, everyone in America (except in Arizona; come on, Arizona) will stagger their schedules in sync.

Is the GOP Cracking Up? There were ten candidates onstage in the CNBC prime-time Republican debate, not to mention the other four candidates who appeared earlier in the kiddie-table debate. Did last night winnow the field?

How The Clinton White House Handled DOMA In 1996, In Their Own Words Talking to people about the Defense of Marriage Act today — in a political climate that is much more supportive of LGBT rights — is very different than examining what those people actually wrote and discussed in 1996.

How Many People Are in Jail Based on Faked Data? Crime lab scandals just keep getting worse.

Deconstructing New Data on Policing and the ‘Ferguson Effect’ Researchers and law enforcement officials say cops are afraid to do their jobs due to their portrayal on social media. Recent events suggest otherwise.

Why Should Caitlyn Jenner Be Legitimate and Rachel Dolezal Condemned? Caitlyn Jenner identifies as a woman, Rachel Dolezal as black. Why should one be legitimate and the other condemned?

The Real Kingmakers in the G.O.P. Political parties are rarely suicidal in Presidential campaigns.

In the Past Five Years, At Least Six Americans Have Been Shot by Dogs This past weekend, a chocolate Labrador retriever named “Trigger” accidentally shot an Indiana woman in the foot during during a hunting trip, according to news reports.

Chickens Reveal Evolution Much Faster Than Thought A population of chickens studied over the past 50 years reveals that evolution can happen 15 times faster than previously thought.

As Large Animals Disappear, the Loss of Their Poop Hurts the Planet It only takes a glance at a history book and a look out the window to know that our planet has lost many of its biggest creatures: The world that was once home to mammoths and towering dinosaurs can now barely maintain stable populations of rhinos and whales.


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