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This Powerful New Film Tells “the Real Handmaid’s Tale”
July 23rd, 2017, 05:17 PM
Civia Tamarkin wanted to make a film about reproductive rights, but she knew it had to transcend the familiar abortion debate. A veteran criminal justice reporter and two-time documentarian, she was aghast at the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, which rolled back women’s access to low-cost contraceptives. So Tamarkin jumped into the fray: Birthright: A […]
How a Smelly Fish Sauce Helped Solve One of Ancient Rome’s Mysteries
July 23rd, 2017, 05:17 PM
During the early morning hours at the ports of the Mediterranean, circa 50 A.D, fishermen would haul hundreds of anchovies, mackerel, and tuna back to shore, gut the carcasses, and leave them on the docks. As the sun heated the day, the fish entrails began to ferment. It’s not exactly the most appetizing scene to […]
Let’s Do Something Almost No Republican Senator Has Been Willing to Do: Listen to Real People’s Health Care Concerns
July 22nd, 2017, 05:17 PM
Republicans in Congress still can’t figure out what they want to do for health care. Despite no consensus among his party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised to bring his latest plan to gut Obamacare to a vote next week, after his first two attempts collapsed without the necessary votes. His plan—a rehash of a 2015 […]
There Are Too Many Different Ways the Heat Can Kill Us. We’re Not Doing Enough to Stop It.
July 22nd, 2017, 05:17 PM
This story was originally published by New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A young, fit U.S. soldier is marching in a Middle Eastern desert, under a blazing summer sun. He’s wearing insulated clothing and lugging more than 100 pounds of gear, and thus sweating profusely as his body attempts to regulate the heat. But it’s 108 […]
The “Fresh” Apples at Your Supermarket Were Picked Last Year
July 22nd, 2017, 05:17 PM
To journalist Michael Ruhlman, the supermarket is much more than just the place where you go to buy eggs and bread—it’s a window into our rapidly changing food culture. For instance: The “fresh” apples you see advertised at the front of the store may have been held in “vast warehouses filled with a mixture of […]
Vets Are Using Transcendental Meditation to Treat PTSD—With the Pentagon’s Support
July 22nd, 2017, 05:17 PM
Mary-Ann Rich rises at precisely 4:45 every morning. After feeding her cat, she returns to bed and rests with her back against the headboard, her eyes closed. There she sits for 20 minutes, motionless, her mind drifting far from the images of burned and blown up bodies that have haunted her for a decade. “I […]
Planned Parenthood May Have Just Been Saved By This Obscure Senate Rule
July 21st, 2017, 05:17 PM
Planed Parenthood received good news late Friday afternoon: Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough released a determination that says certain provisions in the Republican’s latest Obamacare replacement bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA),” violate the 1985 Byrd Rule. That means some of the bill’s provisions—including the one to defund Planned Parenthood for one year—cannot pass without […]
Scaramucci May Have a Russia Problem of His Own
July 21st, 2017, 05:17 PM
Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment as White House communications director is supposed to help President Trump move his messaging away from the relentless Russia scandal—but first Scaramucci may have to get past his own Russia issue. Since January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has pressed the Trump administration to determine whether Scaramucci, at a January meeting, may have […]
“Made in America” Week Exposes a Deepening GOP Rift Over Cheap Foreign Labor
July 21st, 2017, 05:17 PM
By the time President Donald Trump kicked off “Made in America” week on Monday by climbing into a fire truck, a subtitle was already emerging for the week’s theme: “With the Help of Cheap Foreign Labor.” Earlier on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security had announced that the United States would accept 15,000 additional foreign guest workers in seasonal […]
Trump Nominated Yet Another Climate Skeptic
July 21st, 2017, 05:17 PM
Yesterday, President Donald Trump nominated Sam Clovis—a climate skeptic with no science background—as the US Department of Agriculture’s “chief scientist.” A former Trump campaign advisor and conservative talk radio host, Clovis will face Senate confirmation to fill the post that US law states should go to someone with “specialized training or significant experience in agricultural […]