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Can Donating to Charity Assuage Cubs Fans’ Guilt About Rooting for Aroldis Chapman?

Sports fans who don’t want to support abusive men have long had to make ethical compromises to stand by their favorite teams. With the Chicago Cubs on their way to their first World Series in 71 years, fans concerned about relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman’s history of domestic violence are trying to channel their conflicted feelings into good works.

Federal Judge Rules for Free the Nipple, Holds Topless Ban May Violate U.S. Constitution

A woman who publicly displays her nipples in Fort Collins, Colorado, can be arrested and imprisoned for 180 days. A man who publicly displays his nipples in Fort Collins cannot be arrested at all, because he isn’t breaking the law. Free...Show More Summary

Male Law Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Female Ones

Male partners at major U.S. law firms make 44 percent more than their female peers, in part because male partners bring in more money in new business—or get more credit for doing so.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...RIP Tom Hayden. "Tom Hayden, the preeminent 1960s radical who roused a generation of alienated young Americans, became a symbol of militancy by leading riotous protests at the 1968 Democratic National...Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Travis: "Flowers in the Window"This week's TMNS has been brought to you by Scottish bands.

CDC: Preteens Only Need Two Rounds of the HPV Vaccine, Not Three

Preteens only need to get two doses of the HPV vaccine, not the previously recommended three, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Wednesday, the CDC’s immunization advisory panel voted, and CDC Director Tom Frieden agreed, to recommend the two-round schedule for adolescents aged 11 to 12.

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by hazelnuts.Recommended Reading:Angry Asian Man: Help Defend Asian American Voting Rights on Election DaySasha: Clinton Drops Another Trump Burn After Night of JokesJorge: Hillary Went Out and PartiedShow More Summary

Bush-Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi From Defunding Planned Parenthood

States eager to defund Planned Parenthood might as well just take several hundred thousand dollars from government coffers and set them on fire. Mississippi learned this lesson on Thursday, when U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III (a George W. Show More Summary

"Would my son have a place in your America?"

[Content Note: War; death; Islamophobia.]Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier who gave his life for his country in Iraq, came to be known by most of us when he used his platform at the Democratic convention to ask the Republican nominee: "Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Show More Summary

The NFL Still Doesn’t Care About Domestic Violence

By his own admission, New York Giants kicker Josh Brown abused his wife for years, confessing in newly released police documents that he saw himself as “God basically” and his now ex-wife Molly as his “slave.”

I See What You're Doing, Donald Trump

[Content Note: Misogyny; racism.]Donald Trump went off on Michelle Obama today, in a very particular way, and I am incandescently angry about it. I've got a new piece at Shareblue deconstructing exactly what he's up to:Trump is mischaracterizing...Show More Summary

GOP Congressman: “Sometimes a Lady Needs to Be Told When She’s Being Nasty”

Republican Rep. Brian Babin believes Donald Trump was right to call Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” during Wednesday’s presidential debate.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Misogyny] A Republican Congressman from Texas defended Donald Trump sneering into his microphone "such a nasty woman" during the third presidential debate, because "a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty." Yes, that's a real thing that happened, and I've got a piece at Shareblue on it. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton’s Al Smith Dinner Address Was Ridiculously Funny and Beautifully Poignant

On Thursday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dispatched with one of the stupidest traditions of America’s generally moronic campaign season: the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner roast. This event typically requires both...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Someone thinks she's people. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

An Observation

I read a headline last night, to which I'm not going to link, that described this election as "soul-crushing." No, it isn't.That is not to say it isn't sad in many ways, or hard, or upsetting.But we are also very likely about to elect the first woman president of this nation. Show More Summary

Blog Note

Hey, everyone: Just wanted to make a request to the community to not post photos of ballots in comments. It's not legal everywhere: It depends on where you live and how you post it. But just to be on the safe side, the mods will be deleting any posted pictures of ballots. And you can help us out by not posting them in the first place! Thanks in advance for your understanding.

It's Not Just You

[Content Note: Disablist language.] You're not crazy: The internet is messed up right now — The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) October 21, 2016 There's more at Gizmodo: Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. Show More Summary

The Al Smith Dinner: Trump Gets Booed; Clinton Hands Trump His Ass

If you don't know what the Al Smith Dinner is, here's a brief description care of Wikipedia: "The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, commonly known as the Al Smith Dinner, is an annual white tie fundraiser for Catholic charities supporting needy children held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on the third Thursday of October. Show More Summary

Our Guide to Fall Movies

Fall is movie season. There’s the New York Film Festival, which just ended on Sunday, having run over a fortnight. There’s its cousin across the ocean, the London Film Festival, an 11-day affair, which ended Sunday as well. And there’s the looming specter of the Oscars, and the many film that will be released in these next few […]

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