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  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 7 Recap: Where The Boys Are Spoiler alert: Don’t read unless you have watched the first seven episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This week’s episode felt like a real, live TV show, and not real live life! I am more in love with the show than ever, and I have many questions, so pop 6 bullets in your pistol and ...
  • Secretary Zinke: Please Leave Our National Monuments Alone Today, on behalf of The Trust for Public Land and its many volunteers and supporters, I am registering our concern with President Trump’s executive order to review certain monument designations. Our public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation by telling the story of our historical, cultural, and natural heritage. This attempt ...
  • For-Profit Colleges Sue To Block Protections For Defrauded Students and Taxpayers A California-based trade group largely comprised of for-profit colleges late Wednesday sued Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to block a 2016 Obama administration regulation, called the borrower defense rule, aimed at protecting students from predatory college practices. The rule they attack (1) implements a law already on the books that permits students who are defrauded ...
  • Cancer With Political Clout A suicide bomber inflicts hell at a concert hall in Manchester, England that’s full of children, as though that was the point — to murder children. The horror of war ― well, terrorism ― doesn’t get any worse. And the media, as they focus on the spectacle of what happened, as they cover the particulars of the ...
  • Climate 101 For The President President Trump has been bombarded with reasons to keep the United States in the climate agreement the international community achieved two years ago in Paris. Everyone from the Pope to America’s leading CEOs have urged Trump to stay the course. As he nears a decision, Trump also has been peppered with platitudes from predictable lobbies about ...
  • To Nurture Compassionate Children, Start At Birth Parents, caregivers and teachers often focus on teaching children to speak, to read and even to play. We also need to focus on helping to build children’s capacity for compassion, empathy and constructive experiences with others. These are called social-emotional skills, and they are vital to children’s success in school and life. Thankfully, every adult ...
  • How To Grill Eggs Like It’s No Big Deal For Bon Appetit, by Emily Farris. Have a grill? Put an egg on it. Really. An outdoor alternative to hard-boiled eggs, grilled eggs are a great side dish to serve at a cookout, and they’re a perfect topper for a fresh summer salad. They’re also ridiculously easy to make: you just put a raw egg, in ...
  • Teen Vogue Is Evolving Thanks To Elaine Welteroth 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); You may have noticed that Teen Vogue is getting political. At first, this may seem surprising. But to those who have been following the changes at the magazine, it was inevitable. Teen Vogue was recently taken over by a new editor-in-chief committed to making the publication more inclusive and ...
  • Montana Race, Now Complicated, Sets Spending Record For House Contests In State By Sara Swann The cost of the House special election race in Montana — where voters are going to the polls today — is officially record-breaking. It’s unclear how Wednesday’s misdemeanor assault charges against the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, will affect the outcome, particularly since a large number of voters cast their ballots before today. It’s very clear, ...
  • Next Election Is Still 18 Months Away, But It’s Never Too Early To Collect Cash by Sara Swann Even with the 2018 midterm elections still 18 months away, both Republicans and Democrats are making moves to strengthen their most vulnerable incumbents. One way they’re doing it: By contributing through their candidate committees and leadership PACs. Already, more than $3 million changed hands this way in the first three months of 2017 — ...
  • Trump’s Budget Slashes Opportunity For Everyday Americans A few hundred billion cut here, a few hundred billion slashed there, and the Trump budget proposal released this week adds up to real crushed opportunity. The spending plan slices a pound of flesh from everyone, well, everyone who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire. For the rich, it promises massive tax breaks. There are cuts to worker ...
  • Forget Big Brother — Trump Is Omnipresent Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In the first paragraphs of George Orwell’s famed novel 1984, Winston Smith slips through the doors of his apartment building, “Victory Mansions,” to escape a “vile wind.”  Hate week ― a concept that should seem eerily familiar in Donald Trump’s America ― was soon to arrive.  “The hallway,” writes Orwell, “smelt of boiled ...
  • Pruitt’s First 100 Days: He’s Nothing Like Trump, And That’s A Problem Columnists across the political spectrum have been calling President Trump names – questioning his discipline, knowledge, and focus. No one can say the same things about Scott Pruitt. Indeed, as we approach Pruitt’s 100th day as leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it’s clear that he is nothing like the president. And that, ironically, makes ...
  • Trump’s United States Of Amnesia Threatens Everything We Once Knew As Fact Down the Memory Hole Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole. Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we struggle to keep up with the constantly shifting explanations and pronouncements of the new administration, it becomes ever ...
  • Trump’s ‘Historic’ Visit To The Middle East: Much Ado About Nothing Sadly, President Trump’s visit to the Middle East only confirmed my skepticism about what might come out of it. Trump went to the region with nothing to offer to mitigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and received no commitment from either Israeli or Palestinian leaders to resume the peace negotiations in earnest, but he received lots of ...
  • Trump Paved The Way For Montana Politician’s Body Slam Journalists have long been the target of attacks, harassment, acts of intimidation, arrests and even death around the world. In this country however, most journalists and most Americans for that matter, have been shielded from some of the harsher realities the press faces in other parts of the globe. That all may be changing now ...
  • Trump Wasn’t Always So Linguistically Challenged. What Could Explain The Change? It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice: “ … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.” When President Trump offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the latest ...
  • New Report: LGBTQ Elders Show Resilience Despite Barriers To Successful Aging The two women’s stories shared in the video above demonstrate the challenges that LGBT elders face as they age. Tina and Jackie were born in the same Virginia town in 1947. Despite their similar beginnings, the women’s lives take very different turns and a lifetime of discrimination, lost wages, lack of family recognition, and more ...
  • Domestic Violence Deserves The Same Outrage As The Gianforte Attack The assault on Ben Jacobs has given us a window into what millions of women experience daily behind closed doors. Wednesday evening the Republican candidate for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives body slammed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian. An eyewitness to the attack described it in a first-hand account, “Gianforte grabbed ...
  • Trump Ignores Middle East Past, Misunderstands Explosive Present, Endangers Future There are problems when you either can’t or won’t read. You are completely dependent on others, weaseling advisors and media sycophants, for information and analysis. You become enamored with staged pageantry. You make ignorant statements and foolish decisions. That is a quick summary of Donald Trump’s first overseas trip as United States President. In Riyadh, ...