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Republicans Are "Dismayed" Again. Oh.

A group of Republican senators are dismayed at President Donald Trump's criticism of DOJ officials — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 21, 2017 They're always "dismayed" or "concerned" or "troubled," but never do anything about it. Show More Summary

Throwback Thursdays

Edinburgh, 2001. In the photo, I'm holding a Clann an Drumma CD, which I'd just purchased after seeing the band perform at the Scott Monument. I'm standing on the street leading into the housing estate at which Iain lived at the time.[Please share your own throwback pix in comments. Show More Summary

The Republican Party Has Abandoned All Pretense of Democratic Governance

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] Rebecca Shabad at CBS News: Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for Health Care Vote, But Exact Plan up in the Air.Calling the plan "up in the air" is far too kind. Republican Senate leadership straight-up...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker DesertRose: "If you enjoy reading, do you have a 'comfort book' or several? What is it/are they? One of mine is Pamela Dean's Tam Lin, which got me through my degree, because the main character is an English major as I was, and re-reading it helped lift my spirits and remind me why I was doing what I was doing."

Deplorables Regret Their Deplorable Vote

Twelve percent of them do, anyway: "About one in eight people who voted for [Donald] Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll...Show More Summary

Why Asking Job Applicants for Their Salary Histories Is Such a Cruel Corporate Move

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to prohibit employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories, a move several progressive cities and states have made in recent years in an effort to narrow the gender wage gap. Mayor Ed Lee signed the legislation into law on Wednesday, but it won’t take effect until 2018.

Daily Dose of Cute

At first glance, you may think this is another rare image of Olivia not being naughty — but that's only because you didn't know that she's curled up asleep in my desk chair, from which I walked away for maybe two whole minutes to use the bathroom, lol. Show More Summary

We Resist: Day 182

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

Can Mindy Kaling Thwart the Media’s Sick Obsession with the Contents of Celebrity Uteri?

Mindy Kaling is pregnant! The respectful response to this morsel of information is: “Congratulations, actress and author who has already given me much joy and owes me nothing.” The less respectful but more realistic response is, “Ooh, who’s the father?” And herein lies a quandary for self-respecting gossip consumers and producers: Kaling isn’t telling.

"But What Is Harm?"

[Content Note: Discussion of assisted death.]Although this piece in the Guardian by Haider Javed Warraich has an absolutely dreadful headline, it is a very good piece on the history of right-to-die law and the current state of the assisted death debate in the United States. Show More Summary

On Trump's Latest Interview with the NYT

So, Donald Trump did another interview with the New York Times, extended excerpts from which [Content Note: video may autoplay at link] have been published for all of us to read and build core strength by repeatedly recoiling in horror.The...Show More Summary

Trump Hands Putin Another Gift

Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous at the Washington Post: Trump Ends Covert CIA Program to Arm Anti-Assad Rebels in Syria, a Move Sought by Moscow.[Donald] Trump has decided to end the CIA's covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. Show More Summary

Want Proof of the Outsized Value of Women in Public Office? Look to the Health Care Fight.

Anyone currently hosting a dance party on the grave of the Senate’s disastrous health care bill can thank Republican women for the freshly-packed soil. After Republican men failed to come up with a health care proposal their own party could abide, a desperate Sen. Show More Summary

What We Can Learn From The Seneca Falls Convention Over 160 Years Later

Seneca Falls Convention The Seneca Falls Convention, which is perhaps best remembered for its demand for women’s suffrage, was held on July 19, 1848. And yet 169 years later, American women continue to struggle within the confines of...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The controversial hydropower project which led to the murder of land defender Berta Cáceres has been halted as funders are forced to pull out due to years of indigenous-lead organizing. David Wallace-Wells’ recent NY Mag essay on the worst-case scenario of climate change was terrifying. It has journalists asking whether doomsday narratives harm or help the climate […]

Betsy DeVos to ask rape-denying MRAs all about campus rape

[Content note: sexual assault and domestic violence] In her efforts to decide what to do with the Obama administration's guidelines for addressing sexual assault on college campuses, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be sitting down for a talk with people affected by on-campus sexual violence. Show More Summary

Inside the Legislative Fight for the Rights of Incarcerated Women

When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, was a law student, she clerked at the district attorney’s office in Alameda County, California. This was in the late ‘80s, in the middle of the crack epidemic, and Harris was tasked with processing cases from a major drug bust on a Friday afternoon. Show More Summary

On Prosecutors Who Jail Rape Survivors

Rebecca McCray has a horrifying piece in Slate this week about sexual and domestic violence survivors who are thrown into jail – by the very prosecutors they turn to for help. The piece describes a Honolulu domestic violence center operated by the prosecutor’s office. Rather than focusing on getting survivors and their kids to safety, […]

Daily Dose of Cute (+ Programming Note)

"Pet me." As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.I've got some stuff to do this afternoon, so I will be taking the rest of the day off. I'll see you back here tomorrow!

The Democracy Killers, Part Two

[Part One.]I have said once or twice or thrice or four times or a million times now that the Republican Party is currently behaving like a party who believes they will never have to be accountable to voters again.Exhibit Three Jillion:...Show More Summary

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