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Lindy West on why the first 25 days of Trump have been “a zoetrope of galloping despair.”  ICE’s account of the mass immigration arrests occurring across the country differs from Trump’s. A new web series, “Brown Girls,” centers on the close friendship between Leila, a South Asian Muslim writer, and Patricia, a black musician, both of whom […]

What Are the Senate Democrats Doing? The Truth Is, I'm Not Sure—But I'd Like to Know

This is troubling:Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday rejected a push by some of their members to appoint an independent commission to investigate the charges that people linked to Donald Trump — including ousted national security adviser Michael T. Show More Summary

Don’t Believe Playboy’s Latest Attempt to Pretend Its Nudity Is Progressive and Cool

Playboy’s attempt to quit nude photo spreads didn’t last long. The magazine published the first non-nude issue in its 63-year history in March 2016, and just one year later, it’s reversing course. Cooper Hefner, founder Hugh Hefner’s son and the company’s new chief creative officer, tweeted on Monday that nudity will return to Playboy in its March/April 2017 issue.

A Glimpse Into Something Far Worse

Reflecting on their investigation of Watergate in their book All the President's Men, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein wrote:"The Watergate that we wrote about in the Washington Post from 1972 to 1974 is not Watergate as we know it today. Show More Summary

Oklahoma Lawmaker Considers Pregnant People “Hosts” in Anti-Abortion Bill

In this week’s edition of cringy, oppressive legislation, Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced a bill which would require pregnant people to obtain written permission from the father of the fetus in order to receive an abortion. The bill would...Show More Summary

Obamacare Saved Marriages From “Medical Divorce”

Divorce is rarely a sunny event, but so-called “medical divorce” is a particularly heartbreaking phenomenon. When one member of a couple under age 65 is diagnosed with a debilitating long-term illness, it can be financially responsible—even...Show More Summary

We Resist: Day 27

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

Andrew Puzder’s Ex-Wife on Oprah in 1990: His Physical Abuse Caused Permanent Damage

The ex-wife of Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, appeared in disguise on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1990 and said the Carl’s Jr. CEO “vowed revenge” after she accused him of domestic abuse.

Discussion Thread: Self-Care

What are you doing to do to take care of yourself today, or in the near future, as soon as you can?If you are someone who has a hard time engaging in self-care, or figuring out easy, fast, and/or inexpensive ways to treat yourself, and you would like to solicit suggestions, please feel welcome. And, as always, no one should offer advice unless it is solicited.

The paradoxical reason Trump’s terrible pick for labor secretary may not be confirmed

Welcome to the nightmare in which “secretary for labor” means “but actually, secretary for management.” Starring player: Andew Puzder. Puzder’s confirmation is scheduled for Thursday, and it’s not looking great for him — even six members of the GOP are on the fence. Which is great, because Puzder is literally a Disney villain, if Disney were a […]

Don't Buy Mike Pence's Innocent Act

The official explanation for why Donald Trump asked Michael Flynn to resign (or merely accepted his resignation, depending on who's telling the story) is that Flynn lied to Vice-President Mike Pence about his conversation with Russian...Show More Summary

I Am Not A ‘Phase’

I’m not a “phase.” I was standing on the top floor of a fraternity house in the early days of my sophomore year of college. Across the room, I saw an upperclasswoman I had heard about through the grapevine. She was well into a drunken...Show More Summary

The Latest on Trump and Russia

Last night, another piece of reporting sourced from leaking intelligence officials that casts further suspicion on the Trump administration and its fealty to this nation: Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo at the NewShow More Summary

Question of the Day

When you go to bed in the evening (or whatever time of day for your longest sleep period), do you head to bed a bit before you try to fall asleep and do some reading or internet surfing or some other bedtime activity, or do you stay out of bed until the last minute and then collapse into your bed, turn out the lights, and head directly for sleepytown?

There's a Lot Going on, But...

So, I'm reading this Washington Post piece by Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker, "Upheaval is now standard operating procedure inside the White House," and I come to this paragraph:Staffers buzz privately about who is up and who is down,...Show More Summary

New Study Suggests Delayed Pregnancy Could Yield Kids With Stronger Cognitive Abilities

Women in the U.S. continue to have children later and later in their lives, with the average woman approaching 30 for her first pregnancy. With more advanced motherhood has comes better average wages and educational levels for the mothers, alongside anxiety over riskier pregnancies. Show More Summary

Melinda Gates Credits Contraception With Her Personal and Professional Success

In its annual letter published Tuesday, the Gates Foundation reports on the impact of its initiative to get contraception into the hands of women around the world. Placing contraceptives alongside vaccines as “one of the greatest lifesaving...Show More Summary

When Melania Trump Is Thanking You for “Support[ing] Women,” Something Is Very Wrong

Let's try to sort out what’s going on with Emily Ratajkowski and Melania Trump. OK, so Melania Trump, you’ll recall, is our embattled first lady. And Ratajkowski you might know from her breakout performance in the “Blurred Lines” music video and movies like Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends. Show More Summary

More Bad News for Flynn (and Trump)

Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo, and Michael S. Schmidt at the New York Times: F.B.I. Interviewed Flynn in Trump's First Days in Office, Officials Say. (Emphasis mine.)F.B.I. agents interviewed Michael T. Flynn when he was national security...Show More Summary

Why Oklahoma’s Anti-Abortion Fetal “Host” Bill Is So Noxiously Unconstitutional

The constitutional doctrine that protects a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is often diluted into an abstraction. We frequently discuss how the 14 th Amendment prohibits anti-abortion laws, but we seldom explain why. Even the...Show More Summary

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