Russia's Lurch Toward Fascism

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:12am

We run the risk of missing critical aspects of Russian policy if we assume that Moscow's continuing invasions of Ukraine are exclusively about Russo-Ukrainian issues. One of the founding fathers of Soviet studies, Adam Ulam, observed back in 1965 that empire was the biggest obstacle to reform in Russian history. That is still the case; the Kremlin's attempts to destroy the foundations of Ukrainian statehood, sovereignty, and territorial integrity are also aimed at Russia's domestic opposition to Putin.

Almost 100 Hate Crime Killings Linked To One Website: Report

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:03am

A white supremacist site has blood on its hands, according to a new report. is linked to close to 100 killings in the last five years, the Southern Poverty Law Center found.

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Blame Immigrants For California's Environmental Woes, Says Bizarre Earth Day Ad

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:52am

A California group is arguing that the state should keep out immigrants to protect its threatened water supply.

Something About This Michelle Obama Graduation Speech Has Parents Angry

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:48am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some parents in Topeka, Kansas are upset because there will be a limited number of people allowed to attend a combined high school graduation ceremony at which first lady Miche Obama is scheduled to speak next month.

Here's Why Putin Calling Eastern Ukraine 'Novorossiya' Is Important

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:47am

A casual listener may have missed it, but many Ukraine-watchers raised their brow when Russian President Vladimir Putin used the weighty term "Novorossiya" or "New Russia" to refer to some regions in Ukraine on Thursday. "It's new Russia," Putin told the audience during his nearly four-hour long televised Q&A. "Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows."

Living in a Converted Garage With a Master's Degree

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:39am

I am suffocated by student debt. I am 36 years old, I'm employed, and I live slightly above the poverty line.

The Nevada Republican Party Brings Back Common Sense

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:38am

News this week that the Nevada Republican Party has removed opposition to legal abortion and gay marriage from their platform is a welcome development for the many Republicans across the country who stand for individual choice, personal responsibility and keeping the government out of places it does not belong.

The Future of Ukraine -- Civil war?

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:18am


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50 Successful Marijuana Users Who Prove The Person Matters More Than The Plant

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:14am

A version of this story was first published in 2013.

These guys just blew pothead stereotypes up in smoke.

Though marijuana opponents have long pointed suggesting that weed is tied to a lack of motivation, a sampling of successful people who have admitted using the drug suggests otherwise.

Pot policy reform group Marijuana Policy Project has released a list of the top 50 most influential Americans who have used marijuana, and it's a doozy.

QueerView April 18: A Look Back At The Week In LGBT News Stories

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:07am

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Friday for your queer news round-up in this regular feature titled "QueerView."

Robin Roberts Explains Why She Didn't Talk About Her Girlfriend
Robin Roberts recently opened up about some of the reactions she got when she came out as gay.