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  • Nevertheless, Persistence Pays Off As a progressive, feminist mom of a 15-year-old girl, I worry about a lot of things that are probably not on the minds of my more conservative counterparts. Will my daughter be able to fulfill her dreams, regardless of living in a world that endeavors to hold her back? As a woman, will she be ...
  • After Paris, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Members’ Reputations Are On The Line The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a heavy hitter in Washington. It was the second largest spender of anonymous outside money—or “dark money”—in the 2016 federal elections, second only to the National Rifle Association. And, in addition to all that spending directed at Congress and the White House, it wields the largest lobbying force on ...
  • Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings — Week 2 When Republic Report published “Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings – Week 1” last week, we weren’t sure we’d ever have time to do it again, let alone five days later.  But there’s been so much disgracefulness this week that the rankings basically wrote themselves. As we explained last week, Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, ...
  • Beyond A Moment Of Silence This week marks the second anniversary of the horrific murders of Rev. Clementa Pinkney and eight of his parishioners, gunned down by a white supremacist at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church during bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. The attack remains a painful reminder that America as a nation has yet to reckon ...
  • ‘Stonewall’ Sessions Leads The Charge Of The Trump Brigade 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); U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions spent Tuesday afternoon up on Capitol Hill trying out his new one-man show based on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. In performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions alternated between the roles of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, at one moment playing the ...
  • A Look At The Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever 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); In early June, acclaimed rock climber Alex Honnold became the first person to scale the 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other safety gear. Yes, that’s right. He did it without any sort of safety net. A feat so insane, that it is perhaps ...
  • The Deadly Consequences Of Texas’ Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill 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); For a state that prides itself on being “pro-life,” Texas lawmakers sure seem hell-bent on ensuring that children in the state’s foster care system experience the absolute worst possible outcomes. House Bill 3859, which passed the Legislature last month, allows child placement agencies that receive taxpayer money to claim religious objections to certain ...
  • America On Trial We, the people, are being severely tested. While former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller investigates whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of our 2016 elections, it is the American political system that is ...
  • My Transgender Life: Keep Your Tongue Off The Trigger I have so many different identities. I am pretty sure that everyone has this experience. Being transgender is but one of them, and despite the fact that I am open and public, and speak and teach about gender variance, I do not think that my transgender identity is my most important one. In fact, I do ...
  • Eating The Children Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com In her first interview since President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence and she was released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Chelsea Manning explained to Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang why she leaked documents about America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We’re getting all this information from all these different sources and ...
  • Why Do I Sweat So Much? For SELF, by Amy Marturana.   I will never be a woman who can spend a full hour working out hard in the morning, and then after, spritz some dry shampoo on her hair and saunter off to the office looking presentable. The problem isn’t my hair — it’s straight and easy to manage, which I am ...
  • I’ve Broken This Mortifying Office Taboo — And I Bet I’m Not Alone Here’s an awkward piece of personal trivia: I’ve cried at every job I’ve had. When I was navigating an endless first-job search and grabbed a coffee with my internship supervisor, I soaked an unsuspecting chocolate croissant in tides of frustrated tears. Then there was that afternoon I had a low-key cubicle weep after jamming a ...
  • Where Have All The Children Gone? Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com “This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East. It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the United States has, since ...
  • News Roundup for June 15, 2017 The news is weird today. 1. Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. #45 is not pleased about it. More here. 2. A judge ordered the army to redo part of its environmental analysis for the Dakota Access pipeline. This is a step in the right direction, but we’d rather no pipeline at all. ...
  • Congratulations On The Birth Of Your Baby! Now Get Back To Work Co-authored by Hilary Rau Thomas* submitted paperwork for eight weeks of paid parental leave, only to be told that paid leave was limited to birth mothers and adoptive parents. Josh Levs was offered just two weeks of paid leave to care for his premature daughter, despite the fact that biological mothers and adoptive parents were entitled to ...
  • Subjugation In Steel One cost of freedom is steel. To remain independent, America must maintain its own vibrant steel industry. Steel is essential to make munitions, armor plate, aircraft carriers, submarines and fighter jets, as well as the roads and bridges on which these armaments are transported, the electrical grid that powers the factories where they are produced, ...
  • It’s About The Guns With the steam now settled from Wednesday’s attack in Alexandria, the explanations are starting to roll in. Unsurprisingly, the consensus has nothing to do with the fact that the U.S. is home to more privately owned guns per capita than any country in the world. Rather, the culprit—so the story goes—is a toxic political atmosphere, bolstered ...
  • Expert Conversation: Using Open Source Drug Discovery To Help Treat Neglected Diseases Gaëll Mainguy, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI) The Open Source Drug Discovery project, launched in 2008 by biophysicist Samir Brahmachari, aims to develop low-cost treatments for neglected diseases using an open-source approach. Brahmachari is founding director of India’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. He was interviewed by Gaëll Mainguy, director of development and international relations ...
  • Adam West — A Batman For The Ages 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); Adam West was my first hero. As a child, I used to rush home from elementary school so that I could binge watch back-to-back syndicated episodes of Batman. Irrespective of what troubled me during the day, watching West’s Batman invariably transported me to my happy place. Much has been ...
  • BOP Is Now Looking For More Space In Private Prisons By Christopher Zoukis Only a little less than a year ago, the second-ranking official in the Department of Justice was declaring that the federal government planned to reduce and eventually eliminate the housing of federal inmates in privately owned prisons. Last August, the DOJ unveiled an Inspector General’s report purporting to show privately run facilities are inferior ...