D.C. women have been able to go topless since 1986, but this is the first time I’ve encountered breasts on a sidewalk.
It’s 82 degrees and sunny on Sunday, perfect weather for a protest. Dozens of anti-Assad folks wave flags and chant “Free Syria” in front of the White House. But that’s not why I’m standing in Lafayette Square.
A few months back, when I was swatting away the absolutely absurd notion that Brittney Griner could play in the NBA, I snarked, “Then again, Billie Jean King did beat a 55-year-old former pro that one time, so maybe Griner will totes fit into the NBA.”
But even that bit of credit was unwarranted, apparently. Because it turns out the infamous battle of the sexes—in which the 30-year-old King routed the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs—wasn’t a legit match. Allegedly, the fix was in:
The Center for American Progress Action Fund’s blog attacked Walmart on Wednesday for retaliating against employees as they were demonstrating for wage reform.
The post did not disclose that the Center for American Progress (CAP) received up to $1 million from the retail giant and partnered with the group to hold a large party during last year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Over the last few weeks my morning paper has carried not one story but two that tell, in exquisite detail, how power is transacted in America today. Following the activities of a single family as it navigates and exploits the connection between riches, access, and influence, the New York Times is, perhaps without intending to, composing a gripping narrative of social climbing and favor trading. The holdouts who still believe politics is anything other than the struggle of families, whether nuclear or extended or tribal or national, for power over material resources cannot be familiar with the lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Their very being dispels such illusions.
WBAI, a progressive radio channel, announced Friday that it will cut 19 of its 29 employees to cover operating expenses—which include $2 million owed to Amy Goodman’s show “Democracy Now!”—according to the New York Times.
A June report from the National Academies found that numerous federal programs designed to increase energy efficiency or promote renewable fuels have almost no effect on carbon emissions — or, in some cases, actually increase emissions.
There was an interesting Twitter Tiff this weekend surrounding Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s most recent original series.* I was intrigued to see what others made of it, having finished it off in a six-episode binge. Unfortunately, the first piece I came across was this ignorant, self-parodic screed by Aura Bogado in the Nation entitled “White Is the New White.”
I say “ignorant” because the author did not even bother watching the whole series; she ducked out after six episodes because it gave her a sad, or some such. Much like Glenn Greenwald before her, she felt comfortable passing judgment on a cultural object she failed to consume. This is, at best, a shoddy critical practice, one that renders her judgment not only irrelevant, but also actively harmful and detrimental to discourse surrounding the cultural product in question. And I say “self-parodic” because, well, read it.** Here’s a sample:
Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) responded to a Wall Street Journal editorial that criticized his call for private companies to disclose if they financed a conservative non-profit that supported stand-your-ground legislation.
A free market nonprofit group accused a leading Senate Democrat of “Soviet-style tactics” in an effort that they say is a political intimidation campaign designed to sap support for groups that oppose Democrats’ agenda.
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) violated the law by allowing the Obama administration to shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, according to the Associated Press.