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  • Friday Talking Points — Trump Did Not Deny Tapes Exist! Every so often, we have a certain reaction to a bit of political news. We then fully expect at least a few other political commentators to have the same reaction, only to be surprised when it seems that nobody else read things the way we did. This is precisely where we find ourselves over President ...
  • Make Some History Like My Mother-in-law The news came through on my iPhone between loads of laundry on my day off. “Nevada Senator Won’t Back Senate Health Care Bill.” It was big national news because Senator Dean Heller is a key moderate vote the GOP leadership needs in order to move forward with its ill-conceived and hatched-behind-closed-doors effort to demolish health care ...
  • Prayers For A More Just Nation Might it be that this land with all of its richness, with all of its opportunity for true greatness, its opportunity to present itself before the world as what a nation ought to be, might not be sowing the seeds of its very destruction in abandonment of its children? -Dr. Gardner Taylor, Pastor Emeritus, Concord ...
  • Reconciling Being Gay and Muslim With Author Hasan Namir function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The eternal struggle between faith and sexuality is often told through the lens of white North American Christians. And while the reconciliation of sexuality and spirituality can often be a long road where many don’t find an exit, there is hope. Even in deeply conservative cultures like that of ...
  • An Open Letter To Rabbis, Pundits, Priests, And Imams Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4). Dear servants of God, in this holy month of Ramadan, I appeal to you to come together and stand against fear. Fear is ...
  • Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings – Week 3 Obviously, Republic Report is super-busy and doesn’t have time to do its regular job and still publish Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings every week, but there’s been so much disgracefulness this week that we don’t have time to think about that. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its dream mate with the kleptocratic administration ...
  • Family Building Is For Anyone Who Aspires To Be A Parent This month as we celebrate Pride, we also embrace diversity in families. Parents – and parents-to-be – come with all types of backgrounds – partnered, single, straight and gay/lesbian. And, today, the path for building your family is diverse, too, with access to a variety of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) including in vitro fertilization (IVF). As ...
  • News Roundup for June 23, 2017 Well, at least it’s the weekend tomorrow. 1. Four senators say they cannot vote for Trumpcare as it is currently written. This means one tiny amendment and they can flip their vote to a yes. More here. 2. Trump is bothered by Muller’s friendship with Comey. Yeah, we see the game you’re playing, Trump. You can’t fire ...
  • What It’s Like To Be The First Openly Trans Mayor In Texas The New Hope town hall is a squat, one-room meeting space on Rockcrest Road. A small green park sits behind it, where a young father is encouraging a little girl to come down the slide. The roughly six-acre “municipal district” of New Hope may not be notable enough to be searchable on Google Maps — ...
  • The Matter of Message: Republicans Win On Bias and Fear While Democrats Eat Their Own I cannot believe that Democrats are claiming that the sole cause of their electoral problems is Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco residency. ~ Joy Reid Nor can I. But that’s how this goes. The caterwauling has begun. Or, rather, continues. Another special election down, and, despite it being tougher than expected for Karen Handel to ...
  • Wonder Woman: Feminist Icon Or Symbol Of Oppression? Lina Abirafeh, Lebanese American University It’s been a busy – and controversial – year for Wonder Woman. In October 2016, the United Nations made a curious appointment: Wonder Woman would be the global organisation’s new Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment, aligned with the launch of a new campaign to fuel Sustainable Development Goal number five, which aims to ...
  • What Is Fast-Fashion Actually Doing About Sustainability? We hear a lot about “fast-fashion.” This catch-all may be a short, memorable, and useful term to describe the industry’s relationship with clothes, but what does it actually mean? In a nutshell, fast-fashion describes society’s obsession with relentless consumption. This insatiable hunger creates unsustainable demand, meaning big brands have to cut corners to deliver huge quantities ...
  • Fearing Border Tax, Retailers Boost Lobbying 31 Percent by Kennett Werner It’s been a remarkably tough year for the retail sector. So far in 2017, retailers have set a record pace for bankruptcies and store closings. Household names are faring no better than small shops: J.C. Penney said it would shutter 138 locations in July; Macy’s expects 68 locations to close this year; and Sears ...
  • The NRA Doesn’t Care About Philando Castile’s Gun Rights The National Rifle Association is still silent about the death of Philando Castile, and this is yet more proof that the NRA is all about gun rights…except when they aren’t. Last Friday, Officer Jeronimo Yanez of St. Anthony, Minnesota was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Castile, a 32-year-old black cafeteria worker. In July ...
  • By The Way, Are We At War With Syria? While the country has been fixated on the ever-growing Trump- Russia scandal, healthcare and the latest wacky Trump tweets, we’ve quietly begun to go to war with Syria. Earlier this week, a US F/A 18 fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime war plane after it dropped bombs near US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the ...
  • One Day You’ll Find Someone Who Loves You For You This story was brought to you by Thought Catalog and Quote Catalog. By Marisa Donnelly, author of Somewhere on a Highway One day you’ll stop second guessing. You won’t wonder whether you should call him, or if he’ll like the new blouse you bought. You won’t ask yourself if you’re being too much, or hesitate before texting him ...
  • Yes, Trump Really Said That… Donald Trump held one of his patented campaign-style love fests in Iowa Wednesday night, complete with blatant lies, belittling, bombast and bluster. Like him or not, at least with his rabidly loyal base, these events are a religious experience. His brainwashed minions hang on every syllable as if Jesus himself was on stage.That is, if ...
  • Celebrities, Filmmakers & Activists Talk Movies, Resistance & More (AUDIO) This week I talked with celebrities, filmmakers and activists at the 19th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon that took place at Lands End Inn Provincetown, Massachusetts. First I spoke with the fabulous Chloë Sevigny who was being honored with PIFF’s 2017 Excellence in Acting Award. Chloë talked about receiving the award and ...
  • Beware Of The Environmental Trump Trap As Trump slashes and burns his way through environmental regulations, including the Paris Accord, he continues to bet that political polarization will work in his favor. Not only are his anti-scientific, anti-environmentalist positions firing up some within his base, but those positions are driving a deep wedge within organized labor. And unbeknownst to many environmental ...
  • Trump Is Complicit In Saudi Arabia’s Extortion Of Qatar Today, Saudi Arabia and its sycophant allies (Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt) have resorted to extortion in their dealings with Qatar. This internal dispute among the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council was joined by the United States when President Trump ignorantly supported Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of Qatar during and after his ...