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Jon Stewart Sees an 'Ultimate Irony' in Trump Win

It's that Republicans will be rewarded for 'cynical' obstruction strategy

(Newser) - Jon Stewart, voice of reason? In his first public comments since the election, Stewart told Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning , "I don't believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago. The same country with all its grace and flaws, and volatility,... More »

Election Could Help Give America Its 51st State

Leading Puerto Rico candidate supports statehood

(Newser) - If Ricardo Rossello has things his way, this is going to be one of the last elections where there are a mere 50 American states voting. The New Progressive Party candidate has a big lead in the race to become the island's next governor, and he has come out... More »

10 of America's Most Explicit Town Names

Yes, there is a Ballplay, Alabama

(Newser) - It was a hard job, but somebody had to do it. (That's what she said?) The Estately Blog responded to some PG-13 criticism of a recent "Oddest Town Names" in America list by giving the people what they wanted—"we placed our minds in the gutter" and... More »

Hey, America, Figure Out What the World Thinks of You

'Guardian' columnist thinks nation should pay attention

(Newser) - Well, it looks like DC lawmakers will pull off an 11th-hour rescue to avoid an embarrassing debt-ceiling lapse, so calamity averted? Not quite, writes Timothy Garton Ash in the UK's Guardian . "Politically, in the eyes of the world, the 'full faith and credit' of the US has... More »

Jackie Chan Bashes America in Interview

Calls it 'most corrupt country in the world'

(Newser) - Jackie Chan once said that "too much freedom" is a bad thing and that "Chinese people need to be controlled" for their own good. Which is why Max Fisher of the Washington Post isn't all that surprised by the actor's anti-American views expressed in a recent... More »

New US Population: 313.9M

That's up less than 1% as growth remains flat

(Newser) - The US Census Bureau now pegs the US population at 313.9 million people, up a scant 2.3 million, or .075%, from last year, reports USA Today . Small as it is, the increase actually reverses five years of slowing growth, notes the AP , though we're still at a... More »

Suicide Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes

It's the top cause of injury-related deaths

(Newser) - Suicide in America has increased so dramatically that it now claims more lives than car crashes, and is the top cause of injury-related deaths, according to a new study. Car crash deaths decreased 25% while suicides climbed 15% during a nine-year period examined by researchers. "Suicides are terribly under... More »

20 Most Influential Americans Ever

'Time' magazine chooses its favorites

(Newser) - In its 236 years, America has been shaped by legions of intelligent, courageous, and noble characters. Time singles out 20 as the most influential in history, including: More »

New Copy of 'America's Birth Certificate' Found

Rare America map had been misplaced for centuries

(Newser) - Researchers in Germany have unveiled a newly discovered copy of a map known as "America's birth certificate" just in time for the 4th of July. The 500-year-old map by famous cartographer Martin Waldseemuller is the first to name the New World as America. It had been thought that... More »

We're Close on AIDS: Don't Blow It Now, America

Bono, George W. Bush warn against the US pulling back

(Newser) - Two big names—Bono and George W. Bush—weigh in on World AIDS Day, both with the general theme that tremendous progress has been made in the last decade but that it won't matter if the world, specifically the US, gets complacent now. Some highlights:
  • Bono: How did all
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Video Pokes at 50 State Stereotypes

...in a succinct 2:03

(Newser) - Every one of the 50 states will no doubt be teeming with barbecues, parades, and fireworks today. But that shared love of corn on the cob isn't the only thing the 50 states have in common. Each lays claim to a specific stereotype. Like, for instance, Indiana: "You... More »

Wake Up, America, You're in Dangerous Decline

Fareed Zakaria: Our days of glory seem to be behind us

(Newser) - Fareed Zakaria is seriously worried about his adopted homeland of the United States. In a Time essay titled "Are America's Best Days Behind Us?" he makes the case that if they're not, they will be soon unless we wake up. The US may have been No. 1 for decades,... More »

Sorry, Naysayers, US Isn't Doomed

Rebuttal essay: Don't cherry-pick stats, look at the bigger picture

(Newser) - David von Drehle begs to differ with fellow Time writer Fareed Zakaria's gloomy view of America's future . These doomsayers have been around since the country was in diapers, and the modern ones love to "cherry-pick dismal statistics from here and there to create an overall image of decline,"... More »

Why We Hate to Be Called a Wuss

It goes right to our he-man national identity

(Newser) - You want to really hurt an American? Call him a wuss. That's why all hell broke loose last week when Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called America a nation of wusses after the NFL canceled an Eagles game because of a snowstorm. We can't stand to be considered weak. "We... More »

Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics Cover Dying Michigan Town

Fortunes even bleaker in Saginaw than songwriters imagined

(Newser) - Real life is underscoring art in a Midwest town even more poignantly than Paul Simon imagined. Simon and Garfunkel's famous tune " America " recounts a young man's journey from the working class Michigan town of Saginaw to seek his fortunes elsewhere. Now the song's bittersweet lyrics have turned up... More »

Four Ways America Could Completely Fall Apart by 2025

Demise 'could come far more quickly than anyone imagines'

(Newser) - The United States' power is declining, and its total demise as the global superpower could be here by 2025, asserts history professor and author Alfred W. McCoy. On Tom Dispatch , he offers four scenarios detailing how that could happen:
  • Economic decline: Years and years of foreign wars swell the deficit,
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Rubio's Right: America Is Exceptional

Essay: More Republicans should follow his lead

(Newser) - Marco Rubio triumphed in Florida with a stump speech that focused on American exceptionalism, notes Andrew Ferguson in the Weekly Standard . (Sample line: "It's sometimes easy to forget how special America really is.") More Republicans would be wise to follow suit in part because it's true and... More »

Americans Don't Want Change

Nation grows timid after election year

(Newser) - America projects an image of bold decisiveness. But while we deploy our troops to foreign soil without batting an eye, we're paralyzed when it comes to broad domestic changes, except in the throes of crisis, Neal Gabler writes for the LA Times . Sure, we make all the right resolutions come... More »

We Once Feared Catholics, Jews, Too

It also fed campaigns against Catholics, Germans, and Jews

(Newser) - The Islamophobic sentiment shaking America is rooted in fear, not bigotry, writes Nick Kristof for the New York Times . The "well-meaning worriers" of the " Not-at-Ground-Zero Mosque " movement genuinely believe Muslims "don’t share their values, don’t believe in democracy, and may harm innocent Americans."... More »

The 50 States' Grossest Dishes

From reindeer fat ice cream to 2-foot-long hot dogs

(Newser) - Some states are pudgier than others—here's looking at you, Texas—but none escapes this list of beloved yet fat-filled dishes. Health.com tracked down the worst offender in each of the flabby 50:
  • Alaska: Eskimo Ice Cream, a mix of blackberries and salmon berries—in reindeer fat and seal
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