Why Do We Have Eyelashes? New Study Says It’s to Keep Our Eyes Moist

Do eyelashes exist, in part, to keep our eyes from drying out? (Credit: KDdesignphoto/Shutterstock) Why do we have eyelashes? The answer might seem simple: Those thick hairs on the end of our eyelids simply exist to block intruding particles from landing on our eyeballs. And, in fact, that’s what many scientists have hypothesized. It explains […]

Video: Trump’s False Syria Claims

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper debunks two claims made by President Donald Trump about the U.S. military involvement in Syria. Trump falsely claimed on Twitter, “The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago.” He then repeated the claim both in remarks at the […]

The Latest Polling On Impeachment — And Where It Could Go From Here

What do Americans think about impeachment after a week of new evidence on the Ukraine scandal? We examine the polls and look at what might change opinions in the coming days, from new subpoenas to the arrest of two associates of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer. See more: Do Americans Support Impeaching Trump?

The Democratic Primary Looks Pretty Different In Each Of The Early States

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll of the week Earlier this week, I looked at national surveys to see what’s behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the polls, but now let’s zoom in on the early primary states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — to see what’s happening there. This […]

Trump’s Numbers October 2019 Update

Summary Since President Donald Trump took office: The economy added 6 million jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in nearly 50 years. Economic growth fell far short of the annual 4% to 6% Trump promised. The most recent rate is 2.0%. The federal debt went up more than $2.4 trillion. The […]

How Impeachment Is Being Spun

Welcome to The Spin Cycle, a semi-regular look at how the impeachment inquiry is being sold to the American public by Washington-types — both those who are looking to oust the president and those looking to save him. The most marked quality of the last three years of American political life is the sheer number […]

Headlines for October 11, 2019

Two associates of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested and charged with campaign finance violations. The men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested at Dulles International Airport Wednesday night trying to board a one-way flight to Vienna, where they were to be meeting Giuliani. According to the indictment, the two Florida […]

Can A Democrat Get Reelected Governor In Louisiana?

A lot of things are unusual about Louisiana’s governor election. There’s the timing (the election is tomorrow, Oct. 12 — a Saturday) and the rules (there may or may not be a second round of voting in November). But perhaps most unusual is the fact that a state as red as Louisiana already has a […]