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Putin Critic Killed in Kiev

[Content Note: Assassination.]Shaun Walker at the Guardian reports that Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian MP who was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and fled to Ukraine, has been fatally shot by an unidentified gunman in...Show More Summary

Thirteen Percent of Women Support the AHCA. What Do They Know That We Don't?

51 minutes agoIssues & Causes / Feminism : DoubleX

According to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday, just 13 percent of American women support the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s “repeal and replace” proposal for Obamacare, compared to 22 percent of men. 56 percent of men and the same proportion of women disapprove of the bill, with the rest undecided.

Schumer Will Filibuster Gorsuch

In a statement on the Senate floor today, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he will force a cloture vote (triggering a requirement of 60 votes) on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. It is with all this in...Show More Summary

Healthcare Vote Canceled!

Rachael Bade, Kyle Cheney, and John Bresnahan at Politico: Thursday Vote on Health Care Bill Canceled. Bloop!Donald Trump and conservative House Freedom Caucus members failed to strike a deal on the GOP Obamacare replacement Thursday,...Show More Summary

New Emoji, Including Many Genders of Magical Humanoids, Are Coming

New emoji are coming to phones this summer, offering texters the means to compose ever more specific missives through tiny images their parents can’t see. Emojipedia revealed mockups of the several dozen candidates on its website—and the mind positively spins with potential storylines the new emoji might create.

The Long Slog of Progress

.@HillaryClinton backstage in Portsmouth, NH. Photo: @barb_kinney Words: @Shakestweetz — Hillary In Pictures (@HillaryPix) March 23, 2017 Hillary in Pictures memed this beautiful photo from the campaign trail,...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Oh boy—Zelly's blowing her coat again! Zelda is a mutt's mutt: One of her parents was a Shar Pei-Australian Cattle Dog mix. The other one of her parents was a Siberian Husky-Alaskan Klee Kai mix. (A Klee Kai is basically a mini-husky.)...Show More Summary

We Resist: Day 63

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day. Show More Summary

His Extremely Presidential Voice

[Content Note: Description of sexual assault; misogyny.] Via Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair (emphasis added):"Trump's one brief moment of acting presidential—when he read off a teleprompter for 60 minutes and 10 seconds during his address to Congress—served only to show just how low the bar for presidential behavior has plummeted since January. Show More Summary

Donald and Melania Trump Reportedly Sleep in Separate Bedrooms. How Should We Feel?

There are a few appropriate responses to the news, broken by US Weekly on Wednesday, that Donald and Melania Trump allegedly sleep in separate bedrooms. One is anger: How dare this magazine make me think about the president of the United States in the snoring, bedheaded, pajamaed state of slumber or in any proximity to conjugal activity?

This Man Is the President of the United States

Time magazine's latest cover story is about Donald Trump being a liar. That's not the way they're putting it, but it's the way they should be—and it's definitely the way I'm putting it. They way they put it is "the way he has handled...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker RachelB: "To what unanswerable question do you most want an answer?"

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by ravioli.Recommended Reading:Kate: Women Saving the Planet: Kayla DeVault of Navajo NationAri: The False Comfort of Neil Gorsuch's Constitutional 'Originalism'Ragen: [Content Note: Fat hatred] Charging...Show More Summary

Codes of Conduct Around Inclusion and Harassment Are a Sadly Necessary Trend

Within the last few years, “codes of conduct” have become such standard practice in tech settings that a conference or community without one is considered suspicious. Many open-source projects abide by a “contributor covenant” that forbids behavior like harassment and unwelcome sexual attention, for example. Show More Summary

Rep. Devin Nunes Is Why We Need an Independent Investigation of the Trump Administration

As you may recall my saying once or twice or three zillion times, Congressional investigations into the Trump administration's ties to Russia are insufficient. We need an independent, bipartisan select committee to investigate, because...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

On the eve of a historic House vote to take away the ACA, UltraViolet is hosting a call to go over how bad Trump’s health care plan would be for women, and talk through their plan for action in the event of a win or loss tomorrow. You can register here.  Will my Latin American mother […]

The More Information About Manafort We Get, the More Questions I Have About the 2016 Election

This is a long one, but it's important, so settle in...The AP's Jeff Horowitz and Chad Day have reported on a major story regarding Donald Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who has long been at the center of questions about ties to Russia. Show More Summary

Attack at UK Houses of Parliament

[Content Note: Violence; death.]The Guardian: Houses of Parliament Attack: Four Dead Including Police Officer. Four people have died, including a police officer, and at least 20 people were injured in a major terror attack outside the...Show More Summary

Record Numbers of Women & People of Color Running for Office in Los Angeles

In response to a special elections race in Los Angeles, women and people of color are running for political office in record numbers, signifying a potential precedent for diverse candidate pools ahead of 2018 elections. The race to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives for California’s 34th congressional district is shaping up to be Trump’s […]

From the White House to Motels, Rape Culture is Alive and Well

A teenager girl is suing a motel, known as the “local epicenter of human trafficking,” for being complacent in allowing over 1000 men to sexual assault her and many other victims of sex trafficking. This piece published in The Washington Post discusses the Roosevelt Inn, where the teenager girl was kept while the motel owners […]

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