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  • ‘Never Leave The House’: Locked In With The National Security State Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com If you want to know just what kind of mental space Washington’s still-growing cult of “national security” would like to take us into, consider a recent comment by retired general and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. In late May on Fox and Friends, he claimed that “the American public would ‘never ...
  • A Psychedelic Spin On ‘National Security’ Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. What better place to celebrate than that fabled era’s epicenter, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where the DeYoung Museum has mounted a dazzling exhibition, chock full of rock music, light shows, posters, and fashions from the mind-bending summer of 1967? If you tour the exhibit, ...
  • Should This College Operator Run A Key Federal Oversight Panel? For some people engaged in the world of higher education politics, watching Arthur Keiser ascend the dais at a Washington, DC, hotel Tuesday morning as the new chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) — the group of experts charged with advising the Department on the ...
  • John Thune: Hunk Hawks Hideous Health Care Bill John Thune is the most handsome man in the U.S. Senate. Square jawed, gleaming smile, cowboy tan, the 6’4” South Dakota Republican’s rugged good looks are antipodal to the mien of majority leader Mitch McConnell, whom Jon Stewart has definitively established is Yertle the Turtle’s doppelgänger. If the human brain’s positive bias toward attractive people ...
  • 3 Truths Every Gay Millennial Must Know [Pride Month Exclusive] Six industries, 30 cities, and seven ex-boyfriends later, I find myself fully engulfed by the second chapter in my pursuit of happiness: “adulting.” Adulting is a unique phenomenon for us millennials. As this generation matures, we are greeted by a world very different than our parents. The American Dream has experienced the greatest shift in ...
  • Did Trump Revive Failed Cold War Cuba Policy To Buy Rubio’s Loyalty? Donald Trump has made clear that there’s little room in his “America First” foreign policy for pressure on authoritarian foreign governments—whether Russia, Saudi Arabia, or China—to improve their human rights record. The one exception is Cuba where, on Friday, he reimposed failed Cold War sanctions, ostensibly to pressure Cuba to improve human rights. Trump’s Cuba move had ...
  • Trump Earned At Least $1.3 Billion In The Last Two And A Half Years by Alex Baumgart The Trump presidency is less than five months old, but has been a quick study at one longstanding D.C. tradition: the Friday-night dump. Administrations often release promised documents once journalists have left the office for the weekend, hoping that any damaging info would get lost in the news cycle turnover. Today, the U.S. Office of Government ...
  • The Best Ways To Keep Bread From Going Stale For Epicurious, by Emily Johnson. It’s just a fact: the best breads die young. For this reason, we’ve all wondered how to keep bread fresh at one time or another. And while there are many options for storing those beautiful bakery loaves (that, since they contain only flour, yeast, and water, are at risk of becoming stale ...
  • How To Store Cucumbers So They Stay Extra Crunchy For Epicurious, by Anna Stockwell. Summer salads and crudité platters (or hello, new favorite ritual of the summer, le grand aioli) just wouldn’t be the same without crispy, crunchy, ice-cold cucumbers, right? Notice that I didn’t even mention the flavor of cucumbers — that’s how big a role texture plays in the appeal of a ...
  • People Wait All Year For This Beer For Bon Appetit, by Alex Delany. Being trampled in a race to procure a severely discounted toaster oven is not the best way to spend your Black Friday. Instead, you could wait in a more civilized line, in front of your favorite liquor store or bottle shop. In this line, people hand you beers and chat ...
  • Her Name Was Charleena Lyles We’ve read this script a thousand times before.  “She was mentally ill”“There was trouble in the past”“We feared for our lives”“There was no other choice” And another family, another community, is left to pick up the pieces of a life broken by a system that has fought at every turn, every effort of the people to reform ...
  • Democratic Party Not As Divided As In The Past Whenever a major political party fails to hold the White House, the political pundocracy bemoans that the party is freezing in the political wilderness, with no message or unifying principles. Yet by historical standards, the chasm in the Democratic Party today is infinitesimally small compared to past divisions in the party. Currently the Democratic Party ...
  • Behind The Media Surge Against Bernie Sanders It’s routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to smear progressive activists under the guise of “news” coverage. But why the New York Times? And why the special venom for Bernie Sanders? After the horrific June 14 shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and three other participants in a Republican baseball practice, the media floodgates opened for slimy ...
  • The Danger Of Confronting Islamophobia To Its Face 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); This Fathers’ Day, a Muslim family in Virginia is coming to terms with the gruesome murder of their daughter, Nabra Hussein. As the bereaved family—and Muslim in America— struggle to come to terms with this tragedy in the last few days of the holy month of Ramadan, the murder brings ...
  • What Will It Take To Dump Trump? The general assumption in Washington has been that only one of two things could cause the Republican leadership to turn on Trump and begin removal proceedings, either under the 25th Amendment or via articles of impeachment. One would be a smoking gun so dramatic that Republicans would be compelled to move. That could be some new ...
  • The Real Harm In Multitasking You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic ...
  • Never Too Late To Be A Father I love my pops. My father is a wonderful example that it is never too late to be a father or to have a relationship, build a relationship, strengthen or heal a relationship with your children. As a child of divorce (and all the drama that ensued) I feel closer to my dad now than I ...
  • Aid Workers Face An Underreported Sexual Violence Crisis By Dyan Mazurana, Tufts University The world’s approximately 450,000 humanitarian aid workers operate amid armed conflicts and natural disasters, often in some of the world’s most dangerous countries. They’re not immune to the poor conditions, insecurity and violence surrounding them. Indeed, 287 of them were victims of major violent attacks in 2015, according to the Aid ...
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Race: A New Play Shows It’s Not What It Seems I flew across the country to see Christopher Chen’s You Mean to Do Me Harm, presented by SF Playhouse. I am glad I did. I booked my flight back from the East Coast to make it for the one night that I could see the show during its run. There aren’t many plays like this. ...
  • A Letter To The Immigrant Father. Thank You. To the immigrant fathers. Thank You. We know it wasn’t easy. We, your children, mom, family, we know this wasn’t an easy task to take on, but you did it, you brought us to the land of the free and brave, so thank you dad, gracias papa. I can’t imagine how hard it must have ...