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"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died in Texas at age 79.My condolences to his family and friends.You know the old adage: If you don't have anything nice to say.... President Obama will now have his third opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Show More Summary

Half Of High School Seniors In Los Angeles Public Schools In Danger Of Not Graduating

It's all hands on deck to stop the LAUSD's falling high school graduation rate; it's expected only half are on track to graduate in June 2015.

Kanye West Reignites Feud with Taylor Swift Over “Misogynistic” Lyric

America’s king of unhinged rants has reignited his feud with America’s queen of image control. On Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo, which he premiered at Thursday night’s Yeezy Season 3 event at Madison Square, the rapper drops a line that conjures memories of his 2009 VMA disruption: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. / Why? I made that bitch famous."

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Clinton and Sanders both commit to reinterpreting the Helm Amendment, which forbids foreign aid from funding abortions, even in the case of rape or incest. A Hollywood producer has created a Twitter account (@femscriptintros) for the sole purpose of sharing the ridiculously basic intro lines they read about female leads in scripts. Show More Summary

That Brutal Charter School Video Shows that Rich People Love No-Excuses Discipline... For Other People’s Kids

Today, the New York Times published undercover video taken at a Success Academy elementary school in Brooklyn that’s part of the controversial charter network known for “no excuses” discipline. It shows a first grade teacher berating and humiliating a girl who stumbles when solving a math problem. Show More Summary

Butchers Marry Other Butchers: The Most Common Career Match-Ups in the U.S.

If you’ve ever fantasized over the forbidden intrigue of a workplace romance, you should consider a career as a grade school teacher—two grade school teachers are more likely to marry one another than any other career pair. So says a...Show More Summary

Which Rehab Did Amy Winehouse Say No To?

Trigger warning: addiction, eating disorders. I should have went to see Amy, the documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse, alone. Winehouse is my favorite artist – followed very closely by Beyoncé. Where Beyoncé inspires me and compels me to step fully into my Black girl brilliance, Winehouse lights a candle that shines a dull light […]

ICYMI: Reproductive Justice Groups Forge Alliance with Black Lives Matter

Between the release of Rihanna’s long anticipated album ANTI, Beyoncé’s “Formation”, and the return of Shonda Rhimes’ TGIT, I thought Black History month was already off to a pretty good start, with Black women leading the charge. But news of the February 9 convening of leaders from Trust Black Women, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, […]

What Kesha’s Legal Win Means for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Kesha We undeniably still live in a twisted, victim blaming rape culture. Women are shamed and doubted when they seek justice for their assaults and taught they must prevent their assault in the first place. Despite the many effortsShow More Summary

Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

So, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Milwaukee last night for another debate. I watched and live-tweeted it; for anyone who would like to see those tweets, I've collected them in a Storify.The Washington Post has a complete transcript of the debate.My primary takeaways: 1. Show More Summary

5 Black LGBT Writers To Follow Online

  Organized by the brilliant Amber Williams and in honor of Black History Month, ” #UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age” symposium was a day long opportunity for “contemporary black activist leadership” to engage in “transformative change through digital forums. Show More Summary

Clinton Appreciates Sanders’ Pro-Choice Voting Record but Says America Needs a Leader

Within the first round of questions in Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders got into the weeds of gender politics. Moderator Judy Woodruff pressed Clinton on the gender breakdown of her base, noting that 55 percent of female voters backed Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. “What are women missing about you?” Woodruff asked.

Must watch: Honest and beautiful abortion storytelling by Josh Healey

Last week, the excellent Snap Judgement released their latest episode, and it includes a brilliant personal story by Josh Healey about abortion and all the touching ways that the women in his life have taught him about the crucial importance of safe, legal access. “To be honest, I was hella nervous about performing this story — […]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Diverkat: "What's your favourite mood-boosting/feel good activity?"

Democratic Debate

There's another Democratic debate tonight, which will take place in Milwaukee and will be moderated by PBS NewsHour anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. The debate will be simulcast on PBS and CNN. It will be streamed on the PBS NewsHour website and on, here's a thread for discussion!

Throwback Thursdays

Me and my nana, who was being made to wear a book on her head because that is the ultimate in humor to a two-year-old. Queens NYC, circa 1976.[Please share your own throwback pix in comments. Just make sure the pix are just of you and/or you have consent to post from other living people in the pic. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“I wish I could be as openly sad at Jeb Bush.” Rachel Kauder Nalebuff on casting pregnant actors for her new play, The Bumps. At least 112 people were killed last month in the U.S. in suspected intimate partner homicides. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Join Know Your IX for a Teach-In webinar and learn […]

From One White Lady to Another: No, Meryl Streep, We Are Not “All Africans.”

You’re a white lady, Meryl Streep. I’m also a white lady. It is because of our shared whiteness that I feel compelled to notify you that your characterization of white people on Thursday—that “we’re all Africans, really”—is false.


[Content Note: Racism; misogyny.]Bernie Sanders once again suggests he's going to be a magical president, and again slams President Obama for failing to overcome Republican obstructionism:Bernie Sanders says the aim of his politicalShow More Summary

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