Michele Oben

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I spent my 20s as an Obama speechwriter. Here’s what he taught me about growing up.

And what the job taught me about rejecting Trumpism.<p>In 2011, when I was 24, I was hired as a White House speechwriter. My first thought (after “holy crap!”) was that someone must have made a mistake.<p>It’s not that I thought I had no talent whatsoever. It’s just that I knew there were more than 300 …

Barack Obama

Birth Control Saved My Life

The reasons women use birth control are as diverse as the women who use it — and all are just as critically important.<p>Access to birth control is …

Medicine

Vatican Shines Light on Child Abuse as Claims Against Priests Persist

VATICAN CITY — For a church hierarchy excoriated for decades over the sexual abuse of children in its trust, hosting a conference this week about the spreading scourge of online child pornography was an opportunity to strike a positive note about the Vatican’s role in protecting minors.<p>“Yes, yes, …

Congressman who pressured mistress to have an abortion will retire

Rep. Tim Murphy co-sponsored a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and has a long anti-choice record<p>Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania — the staunchly anti-abortion Republican congressman who became the object of scorn earlier this week when it was revealed that he had asked his mistress to terminate …

The reason Roy Moore won in Alabama that no one is talking about

When Roy Moore, a conservative outsider and former state Supreme Court justice most famous for twice getting kicked off the bench, captured Alabama’s Republican Senate primary last week, much of the analysis focused on two things: the seething fury of the Republican grass roots toward the party’s …

Angry GOP donors close their wallets

'I’m sick and tired of nothing happening,' one contributor says of the party's legislative failures.<p>Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.<p>Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent …

Republicans

Amber Tamblyn Takes on Sexism and James Woods in Her 'New York Times' Op-Ed

"I have been afraid of speaking out or asking things of men in positions of power for years."<p>Amber Tamblyn refuses to be silent. Following her revelation that the actor James Woods allegedly hit on her when she was just 16, Tamblyn has written a searing essay for <i>The New York Times</i>, exploring sexism …

Trump lawyer talked loudly about Russia probe at DC restaurant with reporter nearby

The lawyer, Ty Cobb, was brought in to professionalize Trump’s legal response to the Russia investigation.<p>If you’re a White House lawyer leading the response to the biggest investigation in the country, it’s probably unwise to loudly dish about your strategy and your colleagues while at a …

Here's how dogs actually see the world

How do dogs see the world? Dogs see differently than humans.<p>The reason lies within the eye. In the eye are light receptors called cones and rods. Cones help us distinguish different colors, while rods help us see in dim light.<p>The number of cones and rods is different for dogs.<p>Turns out, dogs have …

Jessica Chastain: I will work with a female filmmaker once a year

Jessica Chastain has spoken out about the low number of female directors.<p>She told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival, where she was promoting her new film Woman Walks Ahead, how she plans to address the industry's gender imbalance.

How to Garden Like a Frenchwoman: 10 Ideas to Steal from a Paris Balcony

Making elegance look effortless, actress and script writer Diane Valsonne transformed a narrow Parisian balcony into a chic garden. When we dropped …

Landscaping

Trump Goes All In on the 'Collusion Is Normal' Defense

Donald Trump once promised voters he wasn’t a politician. Now he’s defending his campaign by saying it acted like every other politician.<p>After months of adamantly denying that investigators would find even a shred of evidence pointing to collusion between his campaign and Russia, President Donald …

Donald Trump

Exclusive: Trump administration pulled top climate expert from Mark Zuckerberg’s national park visit

A climate change expert at the United States Geological Survey was set to join Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Montana last weekend to discuss the …

Kermit the Frog to get a new voice after 27 years

<b>Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice for the first time in nearly three decades as his puppeteer steps down.</b><p>Steve Whitmire has supplied Kermit's nasal tones since 1990, after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson.<p>US reports confirmed his departure and said he was going to be replaced by Matt …

Email 'linked Kremlin to Trump son meeting' - New York Times

<b>Donald Trump Jr was told that material on Hillary Clinton offered by a Russian lawyer was part of Moscow's effort to help his father's election campaign, the New York Times has said.</b><p>Publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the June 2016 meeting with the lawyer, stated this in an email, it reported.<p>But …

The greatest threat facing the United States is its own president

<i>David Rothkopf is the author of “The Great Questions of Tomorrow.” He is a visiting professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.</i><p>Last week, at the Aspen …

A Pair Of Unsung Heroes Trolled Chris Christie’s Beach Trip With A Sand Sculpture On The Jersey Shore

The hugely unpopular (and unrepentant) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stirred further controversy over the weekend when he was spotted lounging on a state beach with his family. State government officials are, of course, well within their rights to enjoy the fruits provided by the very …

Sculpture

Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever

<b>(CNN) —</b> Leave it to Donald Trump to reinvent the Cabinet meeting.<p>The public portion of these gatherings of all of the president's top advisers are usually staid affairs. Photographers are let in to take pictures. The president makes a very brief statement. A reporter shouts a question, unanswered. …

Donald Trump

Robert Plant & Jimmy Fallon Sing An On-The-Spot Doo Wop Hit And The Crowd Loses Their Minds!

This Is Too Great<p>At this point, it’s pretty much guaranteed that anything involving <b>Robert Plant</b> in anyway shape or form is awesome. <b>Robert Plant</b> is …

For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society<p>On 22 February 2014, I published a post on my blog. I titled it “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People …

Prejudice

Belgium: Female students asked to wear low-cut tops to graduation

<b>A Belgian university has apologised after a message was sent to female students asking them to wear a low-cut outfit to a graduation ceremony.</b><p>The email was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).<p>"From an aesthetic point of view," it read, " it is better for young women to …

Mike Dubke, White House communications director, quits

<b>The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump.</b><p>Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired in March to revamp the White House media strategy.<p>As part of the shake-up, White House press secretary Sean Spicer will …

“Pro-Life” Has Officially Lost its Meaning

For anyone whose political memory dates back more than a decade or two, the term...

India doctors allow 10-year-old rape victim to abort

<b>A panel of doctors has accepted a 10-year-old rape victim's plea for an abortion in the northern Indian state of Haryana.</b><p>Dr Ashok Chauhan told the BBC the termination would be carried out "anytime now".<p>The girl became pregnant about five months ago. She alleges rape by her stepfather, who has been …

Woman Hears Faint Meows and Finds Tiniest Kitten Fighting for His Life, Now a Year Later...

A few faint meows led a kind-hearted woman to the rescue of a newborn kitten. The miracle baby survived against all odds.<p>Meet little Fred!<p>Claudia …

Trump’s attempt to fix the Comey crisis made it worse

The president's interview contradicting the explanation his aides have given for the FBI director's firing raised more questions than it answered.<p>President Donald Trump spent many of the first 48 hours after he fired his FBI director grumbling to friends and associates about his lousy media …

Donald Trump

Mar-a-Lago, Dubai, Aspen: The bottom line on protecting Trumps in the first 100 days? More than $30 million

How much does it cost to protect the Trump presidency?<p>The<p>Secret Servicedoes not release information about the costs of protecting the first family. But some hints can be gleaned from publicly released budget data, documents obtained by watchdog groups and government databases.<p>This tally by The …

Rescued pitbulls help newly blind cats learn to navigate the world

Need a reminder of just how gentle and loving pitbulls can be?<p>Meet Alfie and Frankie. They’re two pitbulls who get along splendidly, and have now …

Pets

Jimmy Kimmel tells of newborn son's illness

<b>US television host Jimmy Kimmel has tearfully told of his newborn son's illness and brush with death last week.</b><p>At the end of his story he made a plea for people to support the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.<p>He said: "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save …

Civil War historians take on Trump

<b>President Trump has caused controversy with a revisionist riff on Civil War history, telling journalist Salena Zito in an interview that Andrew Jackson could have prevented the war if he'd been president a little later, and that Jackson was "really angry" as he watched it unfold.</b><p>Jackson, a …