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This, Too, Is Real

"It wasn't Donald Trump that divided this country, this country has been divided for a long time!" Stated today by Reverend Franklin Graham. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2017 "But Donald Trump sure exploits and has thus exacerbated that division every single chance he gets!" Stated today by Melissa McEwan. Show More Summary

OMG

This is real. THIS IS REAL.When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.In the days after, Mr. Show More Summary

Inauguration Week Open Thread

Pinch me, please. I want to wake up now. I hope some of the techniques outlined in this Indivisible guide are useful for folks wondering what to do over the next 4 years. Read more ?

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Heather T: "Do you have a memory of doing something for the first time with the intensity that children have when they're really trying to figure something out? (i.e., for me, it was ice skating)"For me it was roller skating. Show More Summary

Sending Your Child to School a Little Bit Sick Doesn’t Make You a Monster

This morning, my husband and I sent our 4-year-old son to school a little bit sick. His fever, which peaked at nearly 103 degrees a few days ago, had not returned, and his spryness had been fully restored. These factors were evidence...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Louisiana environmentalists are rallying against a pipeline developed by the same company behind DAPL.  “Don’t tell me it’s going to be OK”: the diary of a Latina teenager in the age of Trump. Meet Dallyah, the 4-year-old girl who has read more than 1,000 books. A queer Muslim couple marries before Trump’s inauguration to protect […]

IUDs and Mammograms Are Free Under Obamacare. How Much Will You Pay If It’s Repealed?

If Republicans succeed in their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, our current era of affordable birth control will likely end. The ACA requires insurers to fully cover the cost of contraception and preventive health care like cancer screenings, making them free to all insured patients.

Abortion Organizations In the South Need Your Support More Than Ever

As a young person growing up in rural Georgia, I mostly heard about abortion in coded language, typically through gossip. When folks said, “well you know she went to Atlanta or Savannah,” they were insinuating that someone had gone to have an abortion in one of the closest cities with clinics.  As I grew up, […]

Remembering George Michael, A Role Model For Healthy Masculinity

George Michael To say 2016 was a depressing year is a total understatement. Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, an astonishing number of abortion bans were passed, and the deaths of celebrities and everyday people alike were broadcast on news channels on what seemed like a daily basis. Show More Summary

More Afternoon Reading

Tommy Christopher: Sen. Whitehouse demands HHS nominee explain how we can trust him with health policy if he denies settled science.Dianna E. Anderson: EPA nominee Pruitt shows appalling lack of knowledge on lead contamination.TommyShow More Summary

My Fellow Americans

Deep breath.This is just a terrible and unfortunate reminder that this guy will be your president in two days. "Here's what I want: A swan, but real angry, and it's a chair but it's also a fountain, so it looks like the swan is barfing while I'm sitting on it. Show More Summary

Some Midday Reading

Tommy Christopher: Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee is in a heap of ethics trouble.Leah McElrath: The case against Trump: He clearly knew about Russian interference.Tommy Christopher: Trump rages against the Today...Show More Summary

Serena Williams Is Not Here for Your Celebrity Engagement Narrative

Celebrity media outlets have a way of drawing out the news of a star’s engagement into multiple discrete stories. First there’s the appearance of a mysterious new ring on “that finger.” Then the official confirmation by the star’s representative. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Wee Sophs! LOL. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Welp

Trump unveils his 2020 slogan: "Keep America Great" https://t.co/mYln043BSb pic.twitter.com/I4ev39yGG6 — The Hill (@thehill) January 18, 2017 So all it took to "Make America Great Again" was electing Trump, apparently. https://t.co/OSsoE63YaF...Show More Summary

DeVos Hearing Lowlights

[Content Note: Rape culture; homophobia; disablism.]Some of the worst moments from the confirmation hearing for Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. (Videos with transcripts at Shareblue links.)Dianna E. Anderson: DeVos refuses to commit to protections for campus sexual assault victims.Alison R. Show More Summary

News Outlets Are Telling Their Employees to Stay Home From the Women’s March

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.

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Hellianne: "What's something that you think is widely underrated, something that you feel has wonderful qualities that few others appreciate?"

Daily feminist cheat sheet

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 […]

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