August 17, 2019

Koch Brothers’ anti-government group promotes allowing unlicensed, untrained cosmetologists

A video posted by the Koch Brothers’ flagship anti-government organization presents a bold new strategy to break the “cycle of poverty” in America: Get rid of educational and licensing requirements for professionals, such as cosmetologists. Americans for Prosperity — a right-wing tax-exempt dark money group bankrolled by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch — posted […]
August 17, 2019

Supreme Court to decide if LGBTQ workers are protected by US civil rights law

The U.S. Supreme Court in its upcoming session will hear arguments on whether anti-LGBTQ employment discrimination is sex discrimination. The court will hear arguments on October 8 about whether LGBTQ workers are protected by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “This is a momentous occasion. It is a pivotal moment and […]
August 15, 2019

John Hickenlooper ends presidential campaign, teases possible Senate run

In a sign that the sprawling field of Democrats running for president in 2020 may finally be thinning, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his candidacy Thursday. He said in a video that he was giving a run for U.S. Senate back in his home state against Republican Eric Gardner, who is running for re-election, […]
August 15, 2019

Trump attempts to flatter Xi into renewed trade talks using Hong Kong protests

President Donald Trump has finally weighed in on rising tensions between Beijing and Hong Kong, tweeting Thursday that China’s President Xi Jinping could bring about a “happy and enlightened” resolution. “If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I […]
August 14, 2019

Steve King: Rape and incest are essential to the survival of humanity

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) once again made bizarre comments in defense of his extremist opinions. This time, rather than defending white supremacy, he was arguing that laws against abortion should not have exceptions for rape and incest because rape and incest are essential to the survival of the species. “What if we went back through […]
August 14, 2019

Jailed Saudi activist refuses to deny being tortured in exchange for freedom

It’s been over a year since women have been allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, but several of the activists who brought about that change are still locked up awaiting trial. And now, the family of one of the activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, says that the Saudi government offered to release her if she promises to deny allegations […]
August 12, 2019

Illinois law will ensure students learn LGBTQ history

A new law in Illinois will promote a more LGBTQ-inclusive history curricula in schools across the state. The measure goes into effect in July of next year. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed the legislation into law on Friday. The bill, which passed the House in March and the Senate in May, would amend the […]
August 12, 2019

Bill Cosby’s conviction was a #MeToo triumph. Now his defense wants it reversed.

It’s a popular line of thinking that the #MeToo movement began in 2014, when stand-up comedian Hannibal Burress made a joke about the open secret of Bill Cosby’s long rumored sexual misconduct, effectively bringing the disgraced 82-year-old entertainer’s sordid past into full view. It’s probably more accurate to say, however that the scandal has been […]
August 11, 2019

Toni Morrison taught me many things, but one lesson utterly changed my life

I’ve always known what I would say about Toni Morrison after she died. It’s the same thing I’d have liked to have said —to have thanked her for— in person.  Since her death last week, tributes have poured in for Morrison, America’s foremost black woman writer, who transformed the world with her words. She was […]
August 11, 2019

White House: Trump pushes conspiracy theories to direct DOJ legal investigation strategy

Following the reported suicide of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, President Donald Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to push bizarre, baseless conspiracies that the Clintons may be behind Epstein’s death. Trump’s attempts to fan the flames of conspiracy — without any evidence whatsoever to back up his claims — received rounds of condemnation across […]