Rights and Democracy

The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration

The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he'd approve waterboarding "in a heartbeat," plus "a hell of a lot worse." He added: "Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work." There are certainly a lot of...

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What I Learned at Pride

What I Learned at Pride

Like many cities, San Diego holds its Pride Parade every summer. As a straight woman who hates traffic and crowds, I'd never gone before. This summer I decided to go. It wasn't until I began telling friends about my plans to go that I heard the varying misconceptions...

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Don’t Trust Business with Education

Don’t Trust Business with Education

Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick are lucky: They inherited a big chunk of the multi-billion-dollar fortune that Dick's dad Richard amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they've done with their Amway money is certainly not the American Way. The DeVos...

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The Tax Plan Moms Need

The Tax Plan Moms Need

During his speech announcing that the U.S. is ditching the Paris climate accords, President Trump took a strange detour to declare "our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it's doing very well. I think a lot of people will be very pleasantly...

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Domestic Terrorism in the Age of Trump

Domestic Terrorism in the Age of Trump

Harassment, intimidation, and physical violence against religious and ethnic minorities is on the rise. And some experts worry the Trump administration is making things worse. The attack on a Portland commuter train by a knife-wielding white nationalist who was...

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Gender Studies at Hogwarts

Gender Studies at Hogwarts

J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, just made headlines for an epic tweetstorm condemning misogyny. Referring to women politicians, she tweeted, "femaleness is not a design flaw." I love J.K. Rowling. I love her books. I've read the entire...

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Trump TV, Coming to a Market Near You

Trump TV, Coming to a Market Near You

Donald Trump’s favorite local TV chain is about to get a lot bigger thanks to — wait for it — Donald Trump. Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group — already the nation’s largest TV conglomerate — to take over Tribune,...

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