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  • Trump, Congress, And Georgia: How The Democrats Created Their Own Political Disaster 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); Democrat Jon Ossoff lost in a special congressional election in Georgia. It should have meant nothing but instead it meant everything for all the wrong reasons. The Democrats transformed something that never should have mattered into yet another crisis for themselves. The special congressional election in an affluent Atlanta suburb ...
  • Why Did Democrats Ossoff And Parnell Lose Their Congressional Races In Georgia And South Carolina? Democrats around the country were hopeful that they could win two special elections Tuesday in what had long been “safe” Republican districts in Georgia and South Carolina. Instead, both Democratic candidates — Jon Ossoff and Archie Parnell — narrowly lost. Why did they lose? Pundits and politics will be debating this question for a long ...
  • Pride in Mental Health: An Interview With The Trevor Project And Crisis Text Line This week I had the privilege of speaking with experts, activists, and advocates about the various mental health needs we have in the LGBTQ communities, at an event hosted by Crisis Text Line.  We all agreed that a supportive and continuous, therapeutic relationship is key, for everyone really.  But for those of us who face ...
  • Reducing Gun Violence Means Reckoning With Both Facts And Emotions Around 2 a.m. on November 2, 2004, Kathryn Workman heard someone trying to get into her house and woke up her husband, James, who stepped outside with a 38-caliber handgun to see what was going on. The guy who appeared to be breaking into their home was black, he didn’t respond when Workman asked him ...
  • Who Am I To Judge Other Parents? The tendency to judge is something we are hardwired to do, but it seems these days judging other people has become a popular past time sport of sorts. And parents seem to be an easy target for everyone, especially for other parents. I will admit to judging other parents more than a few times. I ...
  • New Orleans Advocate Newspaper Releases Shameful Attack On Community Leader Several days a week, columnist James Gill exemplifies the mediocre writing, faulty arguments, and ignorance of basic facts that too often pass for commentary in The New Orleans Advocate. Gill was far out of his depth on June 1, when he attacked Norris Henderson, a passionate advocate and reformer who spent over 27 years behind bars ...
  • Why I Didn’t Feel Empowered By ‘Wonder Woman’ I’ll just get this out front: I’m not your typical big box-office superhero moviegoer. Why? Because I don’t like the glorified violence, nor the gender stereotypes that one typically finds in these movies: man as hero; woman as love interest. So, when I first learned that Wonder Woman was coming out, I didn’t jump with excitement ...
  • The Most Luxurious (but Sneakily Affordable) Vacation Spots Across The Globe You want all the “Roman Holiday” Audrey Hepburn vacation vibes (oversize sunnies, silk scarf, vintage convertible), but let’s be real: You’re going to have to pick and choose between lavish splurges in a city like Rome. Good news: A trip abroad doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut the luxe out of your stay. These ...
  • The 8 Most Beautiful Sunsets In America When it comes to magic hour, it’s hard to find a sunset that won’t make you feel at least a little warm and fuzzy inside (especially if a beach cocktail is involved). But these eight spots across the country are exceptionally awe-inspiring. Here, the most spectacular vantage points in the U.S. to watch the sun ...
  • It’s Official: Dog Owners Walk Way More By Amanda MacMillan In a new study that will likely be no surprise to any devoted pet parent, dog owners walked about 20 minutes more every day — and took 2,760 additional steps — compared to people who didn’t have a canine companion at home. But here’s the real good news: That extra exercise was done ...
  • New Claims Against Monsanto In Consumer Lawsuit Over Roundup Herbicide Another day, another lawsuit against global seed and chemical giant Monsanto Co. In a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Wisconsin, six consumers alleged that the company’s top-selling Roundup herbicide has been falsely promoted as uniquely safe when it actually can have profound harmful impacts on human gut bacteria critical to good health. The lawsuit, ...
  • Dubai Has Robotic Police Officers And They’re Amazing 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); If we’re (just for a moment) able to ignore the dystopian qualities of 1987’s “Robocop” we can see a telegraph of the future. Yes, “Robocop” is now one step closer to reality thirty years later (ignoring it’s commentary on mass media, which is also spot on) as Dubai just ...
  • Three Myths About Retiring Abroad By Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher, InternationalLiving.com This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas. We’ve been living and working abroad for 16 years now, and we’ve met a lot of people who have taken advantage of the option to retire ...
  • Oh, Lovely: The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading By Megan Molteni for WIRED. First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and — for the unluckiest few — difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And they all ...
  • 5 Things You Must Do Before You File Your Travel Insurance Claim Peter Kuhmerker was set for the vacation of a lifetime — a nine-day Ireland tour from Dublin to Killarney booked through Great Value Vacations. As a precaution, he even purchased a “cancel for any reason” travel insurance policy through the company. And then his life almost ended. Kuhmerker suffered a heart attack just a few days before ...
  • The Most Important Thing You’re Not Discussing With Your Doctor By Melissa J. Armstrong, University of Florida Politicians and policymakers are discussing what parts of the Affordable Care Act to change and what to keep. While most of us have little control over those discussions, there is one health care topic that we can control: what we talk about with our doctor. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) ...
  • Terrific Transgender Candidates As we are on track to witness a record number of murders of trans people here in the United States, we are no doubt seeing a record number of qualified transgender people running for public office and that is a terrific way of fighting back. DANICA ROEM Danica Roem has worked in her personal and professional life ...
  • Why There Are Costs To Moral Outrage By Justin Tosi, University of Michigan and Brandon Warmke, Bowling Green State University Many Americans are morally outraged that U.S. President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating possible links between Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government. Many others are angry that Comey accused President Trump of lying about the ...
  • The U.S. Military Can’t Get Out (No Matter The Country Or The Conflict) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there’s a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never truly gets out again.  Let’s start with Afghanistan. The U.S. first entered the fray there in 1979 ...
  • Trump Policy Could Cut Remittances To A Million Cuban Families Co-authored by Marguerite Rose Jiménez There is a poison pill hidden in President Donald Trump’s National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) on Cuba that could deprive over a million Cuban families of access to remittances from their relatives abroad—a declaration of economic war on the very people that Trump claims his policy will empower. Section 3(d) of the ...