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Texas Republican mocks Stephen Hawking after his death — and gets obliterated by his colleagues

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A far-right legislator in Texas is under firing for trolling renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at the age of 76 on Tuesday.

“Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made,” Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted.

“My condolences to his family,” his tweet concluded.

Jonathan Tilove of the American-Statesman questioned Rep. Cain about “the etiquette of trolling the recently deceased.”

“While many see him as one of the greatest public intellectuals of the last century, and no one disputes that he was brilliant, the fact remains that God exists,” Rep. Cain claimed. “My tweet was to show the gravity of the Gospel and what happens when we die, namely, that we all will one day meet the Creator of the universe face to face.”

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The American-Statesman noted Cain had the most conservative voting record in the Texas House, according to Rice University Prof. Mark Jones’ index of votes.

“Stephen Hawking was a vocal atheist, who advocated against and openly mocked God,” he argued.

Democratic state Rep. “Poncho” Nevárez blasted Rep. Cain.

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“At a time like this, and I don’t care who it is, and I am sure they care less who you are, but mocking the deceased and his family reveals the smallness of your character,” Rep. Nevárez tweeted in response. “Be better than that.”

Republican Rep. Jeff Leach also criticized such behavior.

“Hey fellow Christians – cool it with the hateful & snarky Stephen Hawking condemnations,” Rep. Leach tweeted.

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Rep. Cain is a prominent supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is facing re-election in the 2018 midterm elections.

This is not the first time Cain’s Twitter account has raised eyebrows. The freshman legislator also likes to post about guns.

https://twitter.com/BriscoeCain/status/798951588026925057

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why

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A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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