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  • 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 ...
  • Destabilizing The Middle East (Yet More) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the ...
  • The Case Of The Clingosaurus Cripple, Part II: Learning To Lower My Own Expectations Back in 2014, I wrote an article called “The Case of the Clingosaurus Cripple.” In the piece, I shared my experiences with ableism and fear around my own disability, and how those fears manifested themselves as clinginess. I have been thinking a lot about this article recently, and thinking about how I, as a Queer ...
  • Power Of Pride Four years ago I attended my first Pride as a closeted gay man. I boarded the plane to Portland, Ore., with trepidation and had no idea what to expect. My plan was to return home on a Saturday night red eye so I wouldn’t have to march in the pride parade. Three days later I ...
  • Is Black The Next Big Paint Trend? For Architectural Digest, by Hadley Keller. Any designer knows that the color wheel, far from being a circle of ROYGBIV, is infinite. And each year, paint companies across the country debut, with much fanfare, a new, celebrated “color of the year.” So, how to stand out from the crowd? Last year, Benjamin Moore shocked color enthusiasts ...
  • How The 2020 Olympics Will Reshape Tokyo’s Skyline For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi. If the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro were any indication of what to expect in 2020, city officials in Tokyo have their hands full preparing for the upcoming Olympic games. Some 500,000 foreigners traveled to Rio, purchasing the 7.5 million tickets. Accommodating this massive surge of attendees and ...
  • All Your Questions About At-Home Pregnancy Tests, Answered For Allure, by Rosemary Donahue. While trying to get pregnant can be hopeful and exciting, it can also be incredibly overwhelming — there’s just so much information out there. The wealth of information (and misinformation) about conception and pregnancy is enough to make anyone anxious. Detecting a pregnancy, however, doesn’t have to be fraught. Allure spoke ...
  • Talking About My Feelings Helps Me For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a talker. It’s ironic, actually, because I consider myself to be an introvert. But I do talk a lot once I feel comfortable in a situation, I let it rip. I will talk your ear off if you let me. I love to talk about feelings, ...
  • Cooking Off the Cuff: Fava Beans With Your Pasta – A Great Change From Peas Just about a year ago I wrote about a favorite early-summer dish: Pasta with peas. It was made with Italian speck and cream, it used the tiny dried pasta called perline, and it was – and is – delicious. So far this season, Jackie and I have (repeatedly) been eating our peas just cooked à ...
  • The Republican Thieves Who Stole Health Care In their desperation to provide $600 billion in tax cuts to their rich campaign contributors, the Republicans have decided to abandon all the standard rules by which Congress has governed itself. The actions might seem extraordinary, but we know how desperately the richest people in the country need tax cuts, so who can complain if ...
  • Deserved Or Not, Georgia House Race Will Have Consequences After tomorrow night’s special House election results in the sixth congressional district in Georgia (”GA-6”) are known, there will be a bumper crop of political commentary attempting to explain “what it all means going forward.” No matter what the outcome, dire consequences will be predicted for one side of the aisle or the other. Sweeping ...
  • Good Leaders Have Good Interfaces: How’s Yours? A good graphical user interface, or “GUI,” is computer code that makes our devices and apps more relatable. So it shouldn’t shock you that the best leaders have the same quality: they work hard to relate positively with — and so bring out the best in — others. That’s why you can think of good leaders ...
  • Hold Your Head High, Princess Leia. You Are So Much More Than An Autopsy Report. Addiction is a chronic disease. That’s what the Alcoholics Anonymous book says. It’s common knowledge in the recovery community that nobody is perfect. Relapse doesn’t make someone a saint or a sinner, but rather affirms the vulnerability that is part of addiction. Treatment doesn’t magically turn someone into a better, stronger person just because they ...
  • Spread The News: It’s Juneteeth This weekend, Juneteenth celebrations happened across the country commemorating the end of slavery ― the day when black men and women were ordered to be released from their chains. The question is, are we truly free? That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all ...
  • ‘Us Vs. Them’ Leaves The Whole World Divided In September 2001, President George W. Bush addressed a grieving nation and a shocked world following the horrific 9/11 attacks. During that speech, he put both allies and enemies on notice: “Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” About two ...
  • Is Iran’s Ballistic Missile Use Trump’s Fault? Much to the chagrin of leaders in Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh, Iran launched ballistic missiles into Syria on Sunday, targeting ISIS in retaliation for its terror attacks in Tehran two weeks ago. These strikes are the first time that Iran has launched missiles since its 1980-1988 war with Iraq, which begs the question: Why ...