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  • The Bus That Did Not Stop for Us: A Mother’s Take On The Headscarf Court Ruling At 5 p.m. on a normal weekday, we were already past the rush hour of schools’ dismissal time when my 10-year-old daughter and I stood alone at the bus stop. I had just picked her up from an after-school activity as we waited for the bus in our quiet Toronto neighborhood, bundled up in full ...
  • This Is Us Is For All Of Us When thirtysomething was on TV in 1987, I was 13 years old and called it one of my favorite shows. Maybe a bit age inappropriate; perhaps I should have stuck with the more candy-coated Love Boat, for its false fairytale, “wrap it up with a bow” endings or Dynasty for its hyper unrealistic familial depictions. ...
  • GOP Health Bill Draws Opposition, Lifts Concerns About Health Care The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act has done more than generate a negative reaction. It has also boosted worries about health care to the point where it may soon rival jobs and the economy as the issue Americans select as most important. The bill that would effectively repeal the health insurance law also ...
  • Russia Hired Edelman In 2016 To Help Deal With Yukos Fallout by Ashley Balcerzak A former national security adviser was paid more than $500,000 last fall by a group linked with the Turkish government to discredit exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, an enemy of the Turkish president. An Egyptian intelligence agency hired public relations firms Weber Shandwick and Cassidy & Associates to improve its image. Iraq sent letters ...
  • Reality Check: What Vouchers Can — And Can’t — Do Betsy DeVos’ most fervent supporters and opponents agree on one thing: that she would like to divert federal funds from existing public schools and cause a mass migration into private schools. But simple arithmetic tells us that these expectations about what she can accomplish—or destroy, depending on your point of view—are wildly inflated. The federal government ...
  • Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesitatingly exposed to literature, teachers and on-campus speakers covering the ideological waterfront. In one instance, the student body was addressed by civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory, radical ...
  • When You’re Working From Mar A Lago And Your Kids Can’t Wait… 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); By now we’re sure you’ve all seen the BBC Dad video. This is something we’re not exactly proud of, but we felt it necessary to jump on the bandwagon for this one. It may seem like we’ve hit rock bottom here at Outspeak but fear not, there is still ...
  • By 2018, Enough Americans Will Lose Health Insurance To Fill Michigan Stadium 130 Times Think 130 times more people than shown in this photo of the stadium at the University of Michigan. Think 14 times more people than than this photo of a march in Washington D.C. shows: Yesterday, the highly respected Congressional Budget Office (CBO) did what it does: It announced some numbers. The anxiously-awaited CBO report, American Health Care Act, ...
  • Rolling Back The Clean Power Plan Is A Losing Proposition For America Why put the brakes on a good thing? Over the last decade, America’s economy has grown rapidly, while its emissions have dropped . The shift is good for people’s health, business and national security. Yet, the Trump administration is now expected to release an executive order that would direct the EPA to roll back key protections ...
  • President Trump: Beware Of Saudi Snake Oil That Fuels Terror Dear President Trump, This week you are scheduled to meet with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.  As a 9/11 widow who has fought for more than 15 years for truth, justice, accountability, and transparency with regard to the murder of my husband, Ron, I have a considerable interest in your upcoming meeting with the Deputy ...
  • Donald Trump Lies, But No One Really Cares My wife and I are ardent House Hunters watchers. If you are not familiar with the very popular HGTV show, a couple is presented with three houses that they might buy. They discuss the merits and the problems with each of them, and then, in the last few minutes of the show, they opt to buy ...
  • News Roundup for March 14, 2017 Happy Pi Day, here’s some not-so-happy news. 1. US applications for New Zealand Citizenship are up 70{8883afff3f996f915e4087502a0d4bc0cab7d523e6eee37ef51ae9a6c529a071} since Trump’s election. You can’t get much further away than that. More here. 2. Trump is set to reverse Obama’s climate policies this week. We’re inching closer and closer toward the point of no return. More here. 3. Scotland is seeking ...
  • How Do I Tell Our Kids I Hated Being A Teenager? The pimples. The awkward body changes. The excruciatingly unbearable insecurities. The anxiety attacks on Sunday nights before school. The hot, angry tears shed because a cute boy didn’t like me and some kid made fun of the way I look. This was my life from age 11 until about 16. I don’t look back on that ...
  • USA Going Backward! 1 In 6 Americans To Lack Insurance In A Decade, Just Like Crisis Of 2009 The controversial Republican plan to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act will strip health insurance from millions of citizens, returning America to a not-so-healthy place we’ve already been, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s American Health Care Act analysis. Wait! Haven’t we been here before? It’s 2009 all over again In 2026, one in six Americans will ...
  • 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder. How do you move forward? If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve — without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know ...
  • Remembering An American-Style Onscreen War Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com   The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a space of just four blocks along that very street there were four movie theaters (no small wonder in the 1950s). Only The Paris Theater, somewhat the worse for wear, still ...
  • Rebuilding A Last-Century Military To Fight Last-Century Wars Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com If you are an American male of a certain age ― Donald Trump’s age, to be exact ― you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea, the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U.S. Navy in World War II that ...
  • China Is Catching Up To America As A Global Innovator – And We’re To Blame Since his inauguration, President Trump has continued to bash China for it’s unfair trade practices. He’s threatened to instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring cases against China domestically and at the World Trade Organization, to instruct the Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator, and to slap tariffs on Chinese goods. Whether right or ...
  • Frightbart The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White House, is a virtual stew of menace, a pit of monsters, an unending onslaught of apocalyptic horsemen rearing up at full gallop, coming straight at you, drawing closer…. But what the Breitbart reader is not being warned against is poisoned water, eviction, a ...
  • Forecast: Yum! 8 Snow Day Treats To Bake With Kids After the kids tire of sledding, bring the fun into the kitchen with these easy baking recipes. 1. Snickerdoodles Snickerdoodles are sweet, buttery sugar cookies lightly dusted with cinnamon. With their whimsical name, crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, I don’t know anyone who can resist them. Kids love to form the squishy dough into balls and ...