Is President Moon Jae-in Really Rooting for a Trump Nobel? Not So Fast.

Let’s talk about how fake news happens. Not just news that’s completely made up, but news that’s stripped of its original context and placed in a made-up narrative, a narrative that might have substantial consequences otherwise. This weekend, a former Korean First Lady, Lee Hui-ho, sent congratulations to President Moon Jae-in regarding the historic summit…

Ungerrymandering Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania gerrymandering case that was handed down today is a Big Deal, but let’s not get carried away with making predictions about how many seats it’ll cost the Republicans. Keep in mind that in the old set of 18 districts in Pennsylvania includes:   Four Very Safe Democratic districts (3 in Philadelphia, 1 in…

Toward Rehabilitation (Aziz Ansari)

All right, so let’s talk about Aziz. As of today, he’s finally responded to the allegations published Saturday regarding a 2017 incident, and his statement appears conciliatory on the surface. Given his outspoken support of women and his understanding of social justice, I want his statement to be conciliatory. However, the statement does a couple things we’ve…

When the CHIPs Are Down

Good morning,   Your reminder that CHIP, the federal program that insures 9 million children in low-income families, expired on September 30 and still hasn’t been reauthorized. (The last reauthorization of CHIP was introduced by a Tea Party Republican and passed with 392 votes in the House and 92 in the Senate.) By various reports,…

Women’s Stories Matter

CW: sexual assault, rape, child abuse   I’d been waffling on whether to share a reflection about women’s rights, a year later, but the new allegations about Roy Moore’s sexual assault(s) tipped the scales.    We knew 2017 was going to be a fight the likes of which we hadn’t had to deal with in…

Bellwethers to Watch in Virginia

All right, so if you’re like me, you’re going to be following the VA returns tonight even though early returns may not be all that predictive of the final result. We know from the past few VA statewide races that the Dems rack up huge margins in northern Virginia, which reports consistently later than the…

The One Lever On The Abortion Rate

Let’s talk for a moment about contraception. Contraception has a massive number of positive uses, and is used as a primary method of treating a dozen medical conditions, including as preventive treatment for ovarian and breast cancer. The idea that health insurance providers can elect to stop covering it is a cheap attempt to score…

It Was Already Political

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I put it down less than a month ago, knowing that I would have another opportunity sooner rather than later to take another crack at it. In the wake of tragedies that spur people to call for action, there is always a chorus shouting…