Rights and Democracy

Do the Poor Deserve Health Care? These Politicians Say No.

Do the Poor Deserve Health Care? These Politicians Say No.

Between 2013 and 2016, the state of Kentucky experienced a veritable medical miracle. In 2013, two of every five low-income people in the state had no health insurance. By 2016, only one in every 13 poor Kentuckians were going uninsured. As a result, the share of...

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America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

Oprah Winfrey's remarkable Golden Globes speech rocked not only the event's A-list attendees, but almost all of America. Winfrey cited the under-told story of Recy Taylor, a young black woman who was raped by six armed white men during the Jim Crow era. Despite...

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Law, Order, and the Dreamers

Law, Order, and the Dreamers

Put yourself in the shoes of a typical “Dreamer” — one of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth brought here as small children. When you were six years old, your mother crossed the Mexican border and carried you into the United States. Although you’ve been...

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There Are No S—hole Countries

There Are No S—hole Countries

We recently learned that Donald Trump referred to African nations and Haiti using a derogatory and profane term. (Accounts differ, but all seem to agree it ended with “hole.”) Writing off an enormous percentage of the world’s landmass and population as inferior isn’t...

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Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

This month's Golden Globes were the first awards ceremony held since #MeToo went viral. To commemorate it, celebrities brought social justice activists along as their plus-ones, and many more wore black to show support with the Time's Up movement, a new Hollywood...

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Move Along, Baby Boomers

Move Along, Baby Boomers

Historians won't look fondly on 2017. The news cycle was dominated by sexual assault, widespread anxiety, the unedited musings of a mentally unstable president, rising economic inequality, and an opioid epidemic. And in case you forgot, the planet is still on track to...

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Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’

Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’

Maybe it's time America's psychiatrists reconsider their Goldwater Rule. The Goldwater Rule simply states that psychiatrists shouldn't diagnose the mental health of a public figure unless they've personally examined the person. Naturally, if any public figures have...

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