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  • Trump Builds A Watergate All His Own It’s déjà vu all over again. As the Trump-Russia story continues to stutter forward, comparisons to Watergate are everywhere — and justifiably so. The revelations and denials, the slow unraveling of deception, the critical role of a free and independent press challenging the cover-up and digging for the truth are all very familiar, especially to those ...
  • What’s Missing In The Coal Debate While this latest flurry of news stories, Nobel laureate commentaries and late-night “Daily Show” mockery has exposed the fallacies of the Trump administration’s union-busted coal miners pageant, the media continues to overlook a crucial part of the great coal debate: Coal miners do not work in a vacuum. Call it: the reckoning. Or, the true cost of ...
  • What It’s Like To Come Out As Trans To Strangers 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); The process of coming out as trans can be daunting. There are many stories that serve as inspiration or listicles that offer tips for the difficult conversation but the task is difficult, no matter how you slice it. Summoning the courage to reveal your true self is a hard ...
  • Mike Pence Is Why We Have To Stop Excusing Religious Sexism The Internet is on fire after an in-depth Washington Post profile of Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen Pence. The article revealed that Pence explained, in 2002, that unless he is with his wife, he won’t eat alone with a woman or attend an event where alcohol is served, a spin on what evangelicals call ...
  • Truth That Bears Repeating: A Budget Is A Moral Document “A budget is a moral document.” That was my opening statement at a news conference and prayer vigil of church leaders Wednesday across from the steps of the U.S. Capitol. We represented a wide spectrum of the Christian families of America — Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, African-American, Hispanic, Pentecostal, Orthodox. We were there to commit ourselves ...
  • Girls In DC Are Not Missing — They Are Being Disappeared Co-authored by Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape Recently, the Metropolitan Police Department began using social media to help publicize information about individuals who go missing in the District of Columbia. As a result, there has been growing attention surrounding the number of children, particularly Black and Latinx girls, who have gone missing. In ...
  • News Roundup For March 31, 2017 Is this news? 1. Mike Flynn is willing to testify against Trump in the Russia investigations for immunity. Shit is getting real guys. What crime is he worried about getting charged with? More here. 2. Trump isn’t interested in removing Assad from power in Syria. Probably wants to be his friend too. More here. 3. SpaceX saw ...
  • My Guilt As A First-Generation American Student On move-in day my freshman year, my dad’s trusty cab escorted us from the South Bronx to Cornell. Upon our arrival, I felt like Marty McFly in “Back To The Future,” traveling to the year 2015 dressed in a way fit only for the ’80s. Jumping straight out of the time-machine, from some far-away land ...
  • Ready For War With Iran? General Joseph Votel, U.S. CENTCOM commander, testified to the House Armed Services Committee this week that the greatest destabilizing force in the Middle East is Iran, and that the U.S. must be prepared to use “military means” to confront and defeat the Iranian threat to the region. No doubt Iran is a pest to U.S. designs ...
  • Mass Shootings Still Happen All The Time, So Why Does The Press Look Away? The argument, first at a gas station and then outside a home, started over missing car keys. In the early hours of Monday morning, police stepped in to quell the dispute between Allen Cashe and his girlfriend, Latina Herring, at a Sanford, FL, gas station. Then hours later they responded to a 911 call for an ...
  • NCAA Should Stay Out Of North Carolina Until ‘HB2.0’ Is Repealed Almost one year ago to the day, I dumped a nearly full beer on my head and, blinded, almost broke my leg falling down a set of bar stairs. Why? Because the Tar Heels, my alma mater’s boys in blue, had just taken down Syracuse in the Final Four and were headed to the NCAA ...
  • What Refusing To Fill Out A March Madness Bracket Says About Trump As A President The past two weeks of March Madness have brought the usual crowded sports bars, office pools, and buzzer beaters. But this year has been a bit different. For the first time since 2008, the president of the United States has decided not to join in the fun and submit a bracket. For eight years as ...
  • Triboluminescence And Beyond: Chatting With Andy Summers, Matt Maeson And Dailey & Vincent A Conversation with Andy Summers Mike Ragogna: Triboluminescence breaks a little bit from what you’ve done before. The layering is something familiar to your work, but it seems you have more world music in mind than your previous albums. Was that the intention or just my impression?  Andy Summers: As a fairly general answer, yes. On the ...
  • Is Donald Trump Losing His Mind? Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, appears to have achieved an impressive new level of madness. You would think that being Commander-in-Chief and Leader of the Free World is an all-consuming job, starting in the early morning hours and stretching well into the night. Between myriad pressing domestic and global issues such ...
  • End America’s Longest War: Bring The Troops Home From Afghanistan America’s longest war continues. The U.S. military has been fighting in Central Asia for more than 15 years. To what end? Perpetuate a corrupt, incompetent, and unpopular central government in Kabul without bolstering America’s security. When asked at a recent hearing whether the U.S. was winning or losing, Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in ...
  • Facts Don’t Matter, Until They Do The country appears to be in the grip of denial about what is real and what isn’t. For the segment of the population wanting to look away from uncomfortable truths, that path is expedient. They can still believe that Americans embody exceptionalism, ingenuity, a can-do attitude, and tolerance for others. Some are embracing falsehoods for convenience sake, ...
  • If We Truly Want To Stay Safe, We Need To Start Calling Violent White Supremacists Terrorists This week, something unique happened: a white supremacist was charged with terrorism. Unfortunately, acts like this are rarely called out for what they rightfully are. But they must be if we want to keep America safe. Too often the terrorism label is reserved for those thought to be Muslim, while others suspected of equally heinous crimes ...
  • Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton and Seal all have Lupus. So do Mercedes Ibarra and Kikki Eder and for these two who saw marked improvements under ACA, dropping the vote to repeal and replace it last week still leaves them frightened about their healthcare future Kikki Eder is 61 years old, formerly employed full time as an internal healthcare auditor for a hospital. After being laid ...
  • Heartless In The Heartland In an appalling move to keep low-wage workers locked in poverty, the Iowa legislature this week gave final approval to a bill that reverses local minimum wage increases already approved in several counties and bans cities and counties from setting any wage and benefit standards.  It is the first time that a state has nullified ...
  • This 14-Year-Old’s Poem Nails The Problem With President Trump The recent election of President Donald J Trump left many Americans scratching their heads in confusion. It seemed Hillary Clinton was a lock. How did America elect a racist, misogynist, bigoted man? We’re still figuring that one out. Things are not much better post election. There’s constant scandals involving Russia, Ivanka Trump’s official position in the ...