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Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Diverkat: "What's your favourite snack?"I go through stages, where I can't get enough of one thing or another when I reach for a snack. For awhile, it was baby carrots. Now, it's navel oranges.

The Monday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by flowers.Recommended Reading:Nina: Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Global Development and HealthAmie: Three Reasons Why Criminalizing Pregnant Women for Drug Use Is a Bad IdeaCatherine: [Content Note:...Show More Summary

Kellyanne Conway Is Not the First Lady of the United States

The cover story of this week’s New York magazine is an excellent reported profile of Kellyanne Conway, packed with intimate details patiently gathered by the magazine’s Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi. It is a gripping piece, one...Show More Summary


2. The Trump campaign WAS UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION during the campaign and voters were NEVER told. Truly staggering. Game-changer. — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 20, 2017 Further to this, voters were led to believe that Clinton was under criminal investigation during the campaign, a week before the election. Show More Summary

The "Odd" Persistance of Substance-Free Sexist Attacks

[Content Note: Misogyny.] This morning, I read a notably nasty and substance-free attack on Hillary Clinton, other members of her family, and her supporters, written by Will Rahn of CBS News (h/t Shaker Eastsidekate). Its title, "The...Show More Summary

Why Gorsuch’s Alleged Sexist Classroom Comments Are So Troubling—and Revealing

On Monday, not long before the start of Senate confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neal Gorsuch, NPR released a startling story: According to one of the judge’s former law students, Jennifer Sisk, Gorsuch once made an extraordinarily sexist classroom comment. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Matilda. ? As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

We Resist: Day 60

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

The Lessons We Won't Learn

[Content Note: Misogyny.]My pal Eric Boehlert points to yet another New York Times piece about satisfied Trump voters in small towns, noting it is, by his count (and I trust his count, because he's been all over this dynamic), the ninth time the Times has run a piece like this since the election. Show More Summary

Two Things to Watch Today

1. The House Select Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Among today's witnesses who will be testifying is FBI Director James Comey. That will begin at 10:00am ET, and will be streamed on C-SPAN.2. Show More Summary

Being LGBT In The Middle East

Being LGBT in the Middle East For the most part, I am a normal teenager in Amman, Jordan. I wake up when I hear my alarm and get ready for school. But perhaps unlike other 15-year old-boys, I have never fantasized about beautiful girls in my classes, have never imagined being with them. Show More Summary

What We’re Reading

Here’s what’s on our nightstands this March. Ava: I ended up reading Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo in one sitting. Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir’s first person accounts of their lives before, during, and after their imprisonment in Guantanamo are harrowing. Out next month from Redwood Press, it’s a necessary read for anyone […]

There Is No Excuse for This

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Donald Trump at the White House. During a press appearance, the two sat side-by-side in familiar chairs, while the sounds of cameras clicked away. The press called for a handshake. Merkel asked Trump if he wanted to do a handshake, the same handshake that U.S. Show More Summary

Joshi on “Measuring Diversity”

Yurav Joshi, a Fellow at Lambda Legal, has published an essay “Measuring Diversity” in the Columbia Law Review Online. Here is the abstract: In Fisher v. University of Texas in June 2016, the Supreme Court upheld the use of race-conscious … Continue reading ?

An Interview With Hanne Larsen, The College-Aged Director Of ‘The Sex Myth’

‘The Sex Myth’ In 2015, feminist journalist Rachel Hills published The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality—a book that questions the sexual norms and expectations with which younger generations have been raised. In 2016, Northeastern University student Hanne Larsen adapted the book into a work of devised theater. Show More Summary

I Annotated This Facebook Message from a Troll

Last weekend, I received a nasty Facebook message from a person with zero friends who created their account the day of Trump’s inauguration. I could have responded to this person via Facebook but instead, I decided to take a cue from NPR and annotate this troll’s message in hopes of dispelling common myths and shedding light […]

Woman Who Fought Off Bathroom Attacker Tells Anti-Trans Group to Stop Using Her Story

An anti-transgender group in Washington state is using a recent alleged assault against a woman in a public bathroom to raise money for its ballot initiative campaign, according to the Seattle Stranger. The woman, who says she fought...Show More Summary

Spicer Is a Disaster

At today's White House Press Briefing, Sean Spicer was an even bigger disaster than usual, which is really saying something.He went on an extended, agitated ramble in response to a question about Trump's assertion that President Obama...Show More Summary

Trump Sends Hate Group Leader to U.N. Women’s Commission, Echoing George W. Bush

Donald Trump has taken an approach to the presidency that might generously be called contrarian. His Secretary of Energy once proposed dismantling the Department of Energy after forgetting it even existed. The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency has called himself a “leading advocate” against the very agency he runs. Show More Summary

Death by Caveat

In April of last year, I wrote this piece for BNR about then-candidate Hillary Clinton: INDOMITABLE: The Girl from Park Ridge Who Became Hillary Clinton. When I shared it at Shakesville, I wrote: The scariest part of submitting that piece for me is that there are no caveats. Show More Summary

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