BLOGS


  • Our Revolution Is A Movement Not A Moment Inside-the-beltway pundits and journalists have been making the same mistake for decades: discounting the power and importance of winning local elections. This Washington-centric view of which races matter and which can be ignored is how both political parties have grown out of touch with the issues that regular Americans care about. Our Revolution and the populist ...
  • Trump Budget Would Turn More Jails Into De Facto Mental Hospitals President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promise to end the “American carnage” of crime and drugs. His proposed budget would allocate hundreds of millions of dollars to swelling the ranks of federal prosecutors, who Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered last month to pursue the most severe penalties possible. But that’s not where the “law ...
  • The Bannon-Trump Agenda? So, it looks like President Donald Trump is well on his way to upending the existing liberal world order to replace it with what no one knows. He undermines NATO, talks tough to long standing allies in Europe, talks soft on Russia and Vladimir Putin, pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord, and by exiting ...
  • 10 Buzzworthy Books From Memoirists And Essayists Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie “Despite some repetition, this is a powerful, brutally honest memoir about a mother and the son who loved her.” The story of the popular Native American author’s difficult upbringing. Read full book review. Theft by ...
  • Make No Excuses For Kathy Griffin — OR President Trump 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); I have a point to make about Kathy Griffin, but let’s get something necessary out of the way first. There is nothing good to say about her ill-conceived stunt involving a mock-up of the severed head of President Trump. It was no more art than the noose left at the ...
  • Explain To Me Again How It Is You’re Not A Hater? If you say, “I’m an auto mechanic,” I might respond by saying, “Hmmm… I didn’t know that.” “Yep. I’m an auto mechanic.” “Really? Because I’ve never actually seen you fix a car. Do you know how to fix a car?” “No. But I don’t have to fix a car to be an auto mechanic.” “You kinda do.” “No you don’t. ...
  • Humanism Isn’t Just About Being Right, It’s About Doing Right This week, NPR’s Scott Simon spoke with evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins about religion, terrorism, and nontheism. While the interview is compelling overall, Simon makes some insulting statements about nontheists that deserve to be addressed. The first of these points is Simon’s recollection that while he has covered many wars, conflicts, and natural disasters, in ...
  • A Comprehensive, Annotated List Of Everything Ivanka Trump’s Done For LGBTQ Equality On this day, the second of Pride Month 2017, and in recognition of Ivanka Trump’s selfless devotion to the cause of LGBTQ equality, (as evidenced by this tweet:) I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy. — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 2, 2017 I ...
  • 6 Reasons Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Agreement Was Totally, Definitely The Right Move Ben & Jerry’s company recently took a position regarding President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement with this semi-humorous, if it wasn’t so scary post below. Perhaps the businesses that provided financial contributions to specifically to support this anti-environmental effort will find it enlightening.  – Ben Sometimes an idea comes along that is 100{8883afff3f996f915e4087502a0d4bc0cab7d523e6eee37ef51ae9a6c529a071} awesome. ...
  • News Roundup for June 2, 2017 Welcome to the irredeemable garbage fire! 1. The White House can’t let its racist travel ban go. President Trump is appealing the Supreme Court to reinstate it. Sad! More here. 2. Over 30 people are dead after a gunman attacked a casino resort in Manila. After the attack, the gunman was said to have self-immolated to death. ...
  • Pantsuit Nation: Meet Brianna And Jia Edited By Libby Chamberlain Every woman is somebody’s mother, daughter, or sister. And every day, these women are targeted by those who view them as less than human. Sexual harassment and gender-based violence occurs against women both in person and online. Brianna and Jia have experienced it firsthand and are determined to fight back. Want to read ...
  • Sweden Has Shown That Climate Action And Economic Growth Are Absolutely Linked A few days ago, US President Donald Trump followed through on his threat to leave the Paris Agreement. A total of 147 countries have ratified the Agreement, which states that a global temperature rise will remain well below two degrees Celsius, and efforts will be made to limit it even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. ...
  • It’s Time For Cable News To Unplug The White House Press Briefings During a press briefing this week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked a straightforward question about whether the president believes that human activity contributes to climate change. “Honestly, I haven’t asked him. I can get back to you,” was Spicer’s non-answer. Spicer acts as one of the president’s closest aides, but he hasn’t asked ...
  • Enough With The School Projects! A few weeks ago, I found myself lamenting how little I know about the solar system. Despite my four children, career and lack of any free time whatsoever, I figured I should cram in some time to learn about the planets. Maybe make a diorama while I was at it. That’s why I was so excited ...
  • Be Warned, Donald Trump: Ghosts Are Everywhere Harry Truman understood the importance of allies in Europe. President Trump does not. “The damned place is haunted, sure as shootin’.” President Harry Truman wrote that to his wife Bess in 1946. He was talking about the White House. “You and Margie had better come back and protect me before some of these ghosts ...
  • Will Progressives Only Talk To Themselves? As Trump stumbles, and maybe crumbles, progressives are confronting a painful truth: Trump is a reflection of a much bigger problem ― the rise of runaway inequality and the failure of the liberal establishment to address it. Between 1980 and 2014, the gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker climbed from $40 to ...
  • Now That Trump’s Trashed The Paris Climate Accord: Isn’t This Enough To Discuss Changing The Presidential Election System? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When will our reasonable leaders, progressive and moderate ― even clearheaded conservatives ― come to grips with the reality that we have an unelected, dysfunctional president, selected by an archaic, outmoded Electoral College that must be abolished or circumvented? When are reasonable commentators, progressive and moderate ― ...
  • American Democracy Remains In A Cage The wound burst open in November. History, suddenly, could no longer be avoided. Reality could no longer be avoided. American democracy is flawed, polluted, gamed by the oligarchs. It always has been. But not until the election process whelped Donald Trump did it become so unbearably obvious. Welcome to The Strip and Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen ...
  • Donald Trump’s War On Our Children “Woo-hoo! Trump is going to kill my children!” That’s what my son snarked this morning as he was looking over his media feed on our way to the orthodontist. He’s prone to exaggeration – that’s for sure – like any full-of-himself (but still lovable!) 13-year-old. While half-joking, he was also completely serious. “Dad, why would ...
  • Unbroken: My Journey To Reclaim Life After Domestic Violence I want to begin with a confession: I almost lost myself in the struggle. It’s often said that time is the remedy to heal most wounds. Frequently – more than I care to admit – I have found myself wondering just how much time is needed to be whole again after surviving two tumultuous relationships hallmarked ...