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Memo to Anti-Vaxxer Jenny McCarthy: Research Points to a Very Different Culprit for Autism

Scientists are getting closer to finding what causes this increasingly common condition. Could autism be in the air we breathe?

WATCH: Little Foul-mouthed Princesses Rampantly Drop the F-bomb . . . for a Damn Good Reason

"F*ck that sexist sh%t!" If you can't stand the idea of little angelic girls cursing, you better not watch.

All Eyes on Kansas: The Battle for Marriage Equality Boils Over, Putting Conservatives on the Defensive

Inside Kansas' struggle for equality in law, politics and religion. Tom Witt had planned an ambush. The burly director and lobbyist for Equality Kansas who moves and talks more like a Marine drill sergeant than laid-back Kansan, had spent days working to pack a state Senate hearing room with surrogate parents, babies on their laps, their grandparents and doctors.

Why Oregon Is About to Be the Poster Child for How to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

25 percent of tax revenues will go to mental health and substance abuse agencies. At the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland last month, the atmosphere was that of a winning NASCAR pit crew during the victory lap.

Menaces to Society: Keene State and the Danger of Drunken Young White Men

As the Keene State protests showed, some people feel the freedom to (literally) piss on people. Guess who they are.

Nothing's Wrong with Renee Zellweger's Face—Something's Wrong With Us

All the actress did was pull back the curtain on our hypocrisy by letting herself be seen in public past a certain age.

Research Behind Dr. Oz-Endorsed Diet Supplement Was Bogus, Authors Admit

“America’s doctor” promoted spurious weight-loss products to his audience. A research paper that touted the weight-loss benefits of an extract from green coffee beans has been retracted by the researchers that published it.

I Was Forced From My Home and Am Living In Constant Fear Because of Relentless Death Threats From Male Gamers

This is what happens when you stand up to the misogyny of gaming culture. They threatened the wrong woman this time.

Why Is Big Coal Pretending to Be the Savior of the Developing World?

These countries deserve something much better than the old, dirty energy that we in North America no longer want.

Robert Reich: Why I'm Worried About America

We used to understand that leadership required something other than drones and bombs. We have to get a grip.

Some People Think CrossFit Is Nutty and That Makes CrossFit Really Angry

Critics question its safety and its culture, but CrossFit’s aggressive response is a tad more worrisome.

4 Terrible Mistakes Can't Afford to Make With Ebola

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300 Million Infected With Ebola Hysteria

Many of the politicians who are now the biggest promulgators of Ebola hysteria fever were also the ones pushing the budget cuts over the last decade.

6 of America's Most Panicky, Misinformed Overreactions to the Ebola Virus

Imagine what would happen if Ebola was a widespread threat? In the U.S., there’s growing evidence that Ebola can be quarantined.

Oklahoma Man Opens Fire on Ex-Girlfriend for Not Leaving ‘Fast Enough’: Police

As the woman collected her belongings and prepared to walk out the front door, the man allegedly fired a “long gun” inside of the residence.

How a SWAT Team Killed an Innocent Man Outside His Childhood Home

A SWAT team mistook Sam Mullane for two suspects and shot him in the driveway. In the middle of the night of May 31, 2012, a SWAT team arrived at a house deep in Oregon’s coastal forest, searching for two men suspected of a brutal beating in nearby Yachats.

The Right's Lena Dunham Delusion: How Misogyny and Hatred Fuel Their Screeds

The National Review's hit piece was disgusting, but far from unique. There is an intractable kind of misogyny that resists all argument.

Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter to Fight Online Shaming and Harrassment

The woman at the center of the Internet Era's first scandal says enough is enough when it comes to cyberbullying.

Special Note to Readers: AlterNet Regrets Author's Plagiarism

Articles by CJ Werleman discovered to have numerous examples of plagiarism. Dear Reader, it is with regret that we announce that frequent AlterNet author CJ Werleman was discovered to have failed to attribute text taken directly from other news and information sources.  AlterNet takes allegations of plagiarism seriously, and has removed Werleman's articles from our archives.

How Overblown Ebola Panic Could End Up Costing Billions

Fear is even more expensive than medical costs. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly a quarter of Americans are worried about catching Ebola, despite the fact that their chances of actually getting it are vanishingly small at this point.