Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been a renewed fervor behind conversations of journalistic objectivity in newsrooms. The president-elect has declared war on the free press and used political reporters as piñatas; it’s hard to imagine how a journalist might approach such issues with a bland neutrality.
Suggested by Shaker Hellianne: "What's something that you think is widely underrated, something that you feel has wonderful qualities that few others appreciate?"
File under “crying tears of joy as I type this”: President Obama has commuted the bulk of rad lady Chelsea Manning’s sentence after facing considerable pressure from advocacy groups. She is expected to be free by May of this year. Hundreds of writers across the country are using poetry and prose to honor MLK, Jr. and […]
The confirmation for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, is happening right now. Here's some important background I wrote on DeVos, in case you need to get up to speed: Trump enlists Betsy DeVos to help him...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Bigotry.]"After I discovered who Trump is and the way that he conducted himself, I was never going to go to the inauguration. I never planned, I never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events. Show More Summary
Marla Maples and Tiffany Trump are using Donald Trump’s inauguration as a scam to get free blowouts, if a Washington, D.C. stylist who came forward in the Washington Post is to be believed.
Rather than showing advertisements for escort services, online classifieds site Backpage‘s adult entertainment section now hosts pages and pages bearing the words “censored” in red letters. This follows the The Voice Media Group’s shut...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Privilege; misogyny.]I'm feeling energized by the upcoming Women's March on Washington and the Sister Marches to take place on January 21, 2017, the day after Trump's inauguration. I still feel fearful, angry, and upset about Trump's electoral college win. Show More Summary
The U.S. abortion rate has fallen to the lowest it’s been since Roe v. Wade prohibited states from outlawing abortion, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. In 2014, the year of the most recent data set available, there were 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44 years old). Show More Summary
Is it possible to oppose abortion rights and call yourself a feminist? The well-worn question has arisen again this week as an anti-abortion feminist group has been ousted from its partnership with Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.
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It turns out that Trump's promise of no new international deals while he's president was complete codswallop:[Team Trump] has remarkably found yet another ethics loophole, to justify announcing the expansion of Trump's Scottish golfShow More Summary
More SHOCKING news:In the two months since I observed that Donald Trump won the Electoral College, but is losing by every other metric, his then-terrible 42 percent favorability rating has dropped to an even worse 40 percent in the new...Show More Summary
I'm sure you'll be SHOCKED to hear it, but Trump was wrong yet again when he claimed that Americans didn't care whether he released his tax returns now that he won the election: "A new ABC News/Washington Post poll has found that seventy-four...Show More Summary
Suggested by Shaker jeanology: "What brings you comfort when you're feeling hopeless? It could be a train of thought, a relationship, a favorite food, or anything else that helps you feel better."
"I've had all of the major classified briefings. I have been astonished at what has been a two-year effort at Russia to spearfish, to hack, to provide disinformation, propaganda, wherever it really could."—Senator Dianne Feinstein, making it clear that she knows damn well what's going on, because she has access to information that not all of us have. Show More Summary
The whitewashed, coopted vision of Martin Luther King that moderates celebrate today is at odds with his radical socialist politics. Never forget: the FBI surveilled and threatened King for years. As Chelsea Manning’s time runs out, a Hugs For Chelsea campaign aims to show President Obama how much we love her. President Obama on what books mean to him.
There is no reason to believe Trump's promise to "insure everybody." (Or give him headlines for it.) He will reverse course in short order. — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) January 16, 2017 In the last two days, he has reversed course on not making any new international deals and visiting the African American History Museum. Show More Summary
It’s a metaphor for the complexities of contemporary America that a week that begins with celebrating one of the country’s most heroic Black activists will end with the inauguration of a racist, fascist, authoritarian white leader. This MLK day — whose establishment was once contested in Congress because it would encourage young people to challenge the law […]
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