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  • 250 Donors Shelled Out $100k Or More For Trump’s Inauguration, Providing 91 Percent Of Funds by Ashley Balcerzak What does it take to stage a welcome-to-the-neighborhood blowout? President Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, shattering previous records. The former titleholder, Barack Obama, raised half that, $53.2 million, in 2009 — though Obama imposed far stricter limits on amounts and sources of donations. At least 47 people or organizations ...
  • Alex Jones’s Defense This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com You may have heard of Alex Jones of Austin, Texas — the fellow who markets his own brand of “BRAIN FORCE” and “SUPER MALE VITALITY” pills on the radio. He’s the guy whose Infowars.com website features headlines like “HEAVILY ARMED MUSLIM THREATENS CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE.” The one who describes himself ...
  • The Time I Hired Bill O’Reilly’s Gardener “No man is a hero to his valet,” goes the old proverb.  In the case of Bill O’Reilly, no man’s a hero to his gardener. O’Reilly’s high profile job loss reminded me of an incident that occurred during the first year of his Fox tenure.  I was seeking a gardener to take care of my small ...
  • Has Donald Trump Learned To Love The Iran Deal? All this Republican party fighting over the Iran nuclear deal, it’s almost enough to forget that it’s America’s greatest foreign policy achievement in years. At least that’s what the Trump administration has seemingly acknowledged. In a statement released late Tuesday evening, they certified that Tehran continues to comply with its end of the bargain. The ...
  • Afghanistan’s Entrenched Systemic Torture Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani really doesn’t want to talk about torture. He made that clear this month when, in a scene that could have been scripted for U.S. President Donald Trump, he tried to shut down veteran Tolo news reporter Sharif Amiry for daring to ask what the Afghan government was doing about allegations that ...
  • 13 Things That Will Make You Panic When You Enter Your Late 20s This post was originally published on Forever Twenty Somethings by Samantha Matt. Your late 20s are full of panic. At 20, you panic that your fake ID won’t work when trying to get into a bar. At 21, you panic because you are about to graduate college. At 22, you panic because you did graduate college. ...
  • 100 Days Of Broken Promises As President Donald Trump closes in on his first 100 days in office he is scrambling to defend his inept performance so far in office. Perhaps this is best illustrated by his announcement last week that he was sending an armada toward North Korea, only to find out Monday that it was on its way ...
  • Nuart Aberdeen 2017 Already Has Locals Saying ‘Haste Ye Back!’ The sky is still twilight blue above the streets of Aberdeen at 21:00 this time of year and as you walk the city’s edge on the beach of the North Sea the winds pick up with a chilly bluster. Of course, that’s just for this minute. In a half hour it may be a gentle ...
  • Starbucks: Speak Softly And Do The Right Thing On March 30, 2017, North Carolina repealed its hateful and misguided law, HB2. This was the famous “Bathroom Bill,” which was a thinly-veiled attack on the rights of the LGBTQ community, specifically transgender people. The repeal happened after estimates showed the state was going to lose up to $3.7 billion in revenue due to boycotts. It’s ...
  • News Roundup For April 19, 2017 What is happening to this world? 1. Jon Ossoff fell short of straight up winning a Georgia congressional seat yesterday, but is still in the running to win. If he does, it’ll reeeeeally piss off Trump. More here. 2. Asylum applications to Mexico have surged since Trump’s election. Let’s move south and get us some horchata and ...
  • A Guide For First-Time Solo Travelers It was 2011 when I embarked on my first solo traveling adventure. I was in my late 20s, working as a middle manager in a secondary school, a mortgage, nice car, serious boyfriend – all of the things that you fantasise about when you are younger that should make for a happy adult life. I ...
  • Teaching College Through a Prison Telephone By Christopher Zoukis Over the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of guest lecturing to a class of students at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. While teaching a class is nothing out of the ordinary — after all, this is a college — what is unusual is that my participation has been ...
  • We Can’t Protect National Parks On Shoestring Budgets President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.” It is not surprising that the father of American conservation would believe this. His steadfast and tireless advocacy on behalf of our country’s natural ...
  • Massachusetts Is Offering A Model For How Doctors Can Talk To Their Patients About Guns I started writing blogs and books about guns in September, 2012, when I first learned about the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act (FOPA) in Florida, which criminalized doctors who talk to their patients about guns. I couldn’t believe that my organization, the NRA, of which I am a Legacy Member, could attempt to make its membership ...
  • Why Russia’s Persecution Of Its LGBTQ Community Matters “The beatings begin as soon as you’re brought in. The electric shocks, being beaten with plastic pipes. They said that we were ‘dogs who have no right to life.’” This is a firsthand account of the torture being suffered by gay men in Chechnya, a conservative Muslim republic in Russia’s Caucasus region. Reports of Chechen ...
  • Dating Duhs: 8 Ways To Tell If He’s Into You For years, humans have attempted to decode life’s biggest mysteries. Mysteries like the Bermuda Triangle, Jack the Ripper, Stonehenge, people who eat cereal without milk, and, of course, flirting (in no particular order). I know what you’re thinking, “Flirting isn’t rocket science!” Correct. It’s much, much more confusing. Flirting is like putting together IKEA furniture — ...
  • The Best Beaches In Africa For Condé Nast Traveler, by CNT Editors. When you think of beautiful surf, your mind may not necessarily envision Africa — but it should. The continent is home to paradisiacal stretches of sand and water, whether on the Atlantic or Indian Oceans, or even near freshwater lakes. These standouts span from the Ivory Coast to the ...
  • A School District That’s Starting Gender Diversity Conversations Early It’s a Tuesday after school and 25 elementary school personnel are gathered at the Office of School Health of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). They are there to learn about gender diversity and how to bring this conversation into the elementary schools. The District is breaking new ground by giving educators tools and ...
  • Diplomats in the Trenches: Fighting for Change in the Face of Prejudice The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from “Diplomats in the Trenches: Profiles of U.S. Foreign Service Officers.” Ken Kero was working in the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin in 2006, when he met a German film editor and photographer named David Mentz. Two years later, they got married and ...
  • How A War With North Korea Would Play Out In the last week, the possibility of war between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States has increased. It is necessary therefore to consider what such a war might look like. I am using the term war rather than merely American attacks on North Korean nuclear and missile program facilities because we ...