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  • Christians In The U.S. Are Not Persecuted Evangelicals say Christians are being persecuted. They are. But not in the United States. In fact, the U.S. doesn’t even make the top 50 according to Open Doors’ World Watch List. Worldwide, persecution of Christians is rising, but evangelicals’ claims of persecution in the U.S. are unfounded and rooted in intersecting legacies of racism, sexism, ...
  • Another Sad Old White Man Ruins Everything For Everyone In a memo yesterday, Attorney General and demonic Keebler Elf Jeff Sessions moved to lengthen drug sentences, rolling back a core element of the Obama administration’s criminal justice reform, which allowed prosecutors to avoid harsh mandatory minimum sentencing—five years to life in prison—for low-level drug offenses, like possession of marijuana. Basically, if you’re caught with ...
  • In A Time Of Madness, Sally Yates Is A Profile In Courage Let us now praise a class act. Amidst the turmoil of another chaotic week in Trump world, the Comey firing and a pandemic of Washington spinelessness, there was a certain righteous symmetry that occurred Sunday night and Monday afternoon. On Sunday, former President Barack Obama received the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award from the ...
  • This 14-Year-Old’s Poem Breaks Apart The Wage Gap Right now, women face a wage gap in every single state. For those of you who don’t know what that means it’s simple: women are paid on average 79 cents on the dollar for doing the same job as a man. And the wage gap isn’t a symptom of women being less educated. Women with ...
  • Weekend Roundup: Macron’s Challenge Has Global Resonance The election of Emmanuel Macron as the new president of France has, for now, stalled the onward march of nationalist and extremist populism across Western democracies. Jacques Attali, a longtime mentor to Macron, put it this way in an interview with me as election results came in: “As in the United States and Great Britain, ...
  • How The Spurs Kept James Harden, And Kawhi Leonard, From Being The MVP Last night, the San Antonio Spurs had a game for the ages in the NBA, shutting down Houston’s MVP candidate James Harden. But in doing so, they may have also cost their best player, the injured Kawhi Leonard, his chance at winning his first MVP Award. Lacking two of their biggest stars, a year after the ...
  • News Roundup for May 12, 2017 Another day of Donald Trump insanity. 1. Trump’s lawyers have “outlined” the President’s Russian income but provide no documents to backup their claims. This sounds insane but we’re not making this up. More here. 2. People are losing their minds over the body of a giant dead creature that washed up in Indonesia. Descriptions of the creature ...
  • Tough Guy Sessions: Shameful And Stupid On Street Crime, Soft On Corporate Crime Tough Guy Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that federal prosecutors will charge low-level drug offenders and others with the most serious crimes possible, despite overwhelming evidence and a bipartisan agreement that this approach is racially discriminatory and counterproductive. The Sessions approach will throw thousands of people – especially Americans from communities of color or with ...
  • Guess Who Sessions’s War On Drugs Will Target Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it official. The federal government will now reboot its war on drugs. The official word came down in the form of memos from Sessions that ordered federal prosecutors to cease and desist on the soft approach former Attorney General Eric Holder took toward prosecuting petty drug offenders. Now prosecutors must ...
  • What I’m Giving Up This Mother’s Day For mother’s day this year, there will be some things I’m not getting. I probably won’t be doing a day at the spa, getting a pedicure, or drinking a mimosa. Those things are all great — please don’t get me wrong. But I’ve decided I’ll be giving up some things for mother’s day this year instead. This ...
  • Mother’s Day, Father’s Day And Making LGBTQ Families Visible I felt awkward bringing it up. My son, who is almost 14, still needs reminding to bring out the recycling, though, so I figured I’d better nudge him about Mother’s Day. He’s beyond the age when he does craft projects in school for us. “I know this sounds self-serving,” I began, “but given that you ...
  • No Justice, No Peace: Reform The Police Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo yesterday that “ordered federal prosecutors … to pursue the toughest possible charges and sentences against crime suspects, reversing Obama administration efforts to ease penalties for some nonviolent drug violations,” the New York Times reported. When Sessions was a “federal prosector in southern Alabama in the 1980s to early ...
  • Don’t Forget To Celebrate Yourself This Mother’s Day By Kate Lynch Bieger, PhD As mothers, we have so much on our plates and give so much to our children and the other people in our lives. It often feels impossible to find the time to nurture or care for ourselves. And yet this is often (always?) just what we need to do to meet ...
  • As Trump Withdraws From The World, Non-State Networks Step Up The post-1945 world order has been disintegrating for some time. George W. Bush dealt it a major blow with his decision to invade Iraq without United Nations Security Council approval. Barack Obama did his best to repair the torn international legal fabric but often declined to provide the kind of muscular, skin-in-the-game leadership on international ...
  • My Mom Wants Climate Action, Not Breakfast In Bed This Sunday is Mother’s Day. In honor of the holiday my staff asked moms across the country what they really wanted to celebrate their day. Some folks want jewelry and others a lovely bouquet of flowers, but like most Americans, the moms we talked to cared deeply about their family and the clean air, water and ...
  • Here’s Why I Don’t Expect Flowers On Mother’s Day From the moment I looked into his little eyes I loved him. I cherished his curiosity, innocence, playfulness and pure joy. The truth is I love my “stepson” in ways that are deeper than the affection I have for his father. For nearly seven years, I’ve cared for his cuts and scrapes, done homework, changed sheets, ...
  • A Parent’s Guide To Supporting Transgender Youth Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP-BC, Program Director, Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai, Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Matthew Oransky, PhD, Director, Psychology Training Program, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai _____ Growing up transgender without strong ...
  • A Message To My Serbian Friends In Response To The Incident In Belgrade I would like to return to Wednesday night’s incident.¹ In itself, the aggressive disruption of a film festival by a group of nationalistic Serbian communists deserves little attention, so thoroughly does it discredit the pathetic individuals who committed it. It is indeed regrettable that the people of Belgrade were prevented from discussing the future of ISIS, its ...
  • Will Donald Trump Start The Second Korean War? While visiting the Republic of Korea I’ve found a few South Koreans who like Donald Trump and believe he will work well with newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But they are a distinct minority. Far more fear that the U.S. chief executive could recklessly if unintentionally trigger the Second Korean War, which America ...
  • Top 10 Kansas City Favorites — Food And Drink Edition It’s no secret that Kansas City is a wonderful place. It is lively, young, and only getting better. One of the best things about KC is that there are so many stellar and unique restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, distilleries, and so much more. I’m still finding new gems after calling KC home for nearly 5 ...