Adriel M Trott

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The GOP's Totally Reactive Reaction to the War on Women

Here's why it would be better politics for Republicans to come up with their own framework.<p>Five different Republican committees this morning released a joint memo pushing back on the "Democrats' War on Women" messaging to highlight the sex scandals of a group of Democratic men and argue that …

10 worst examples of Christian or far-right terrorism

Conservatives claim that all terrorists are Muslim, but most violent attacks in the US are carried out by white men<p>From Fox News to the Weekly Standard, neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of Islamophobia has been repeated …

My father, Edward Said

Remembering the scholar and activist<p>Iam a Palestinian-Lebanese-American Christian woman, but I grew up as a Jew in New York City.<p>I began my life, however, as a WASP.<p>I was born in Boston to an Ivy League literature professor and his wife, baptized into the Episcopal Church at the age of one, and, at …

Florida lawmakers will review “Stand Your Ground” law

Republican leadership in the state legislature announced that it will hold hearings on the law this fall<p>Florida lawmakers have agreed to hold hearings this fall to review the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, which has come under intense scrutiny since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the …

'There Is No Pressure for a Girl to Be a Girl'

My quest to understand why some of my female friends are drawn to the frattiest social club on campus.<p>Walk down Prospect Avenue in Princeton, New Jersey on the first Sunday in February, and you'll find a horde of shivering college sophomores huddled together on a front lawn, smeared in ketchup, …

Gillibrand ups sex assault bill effort

Military sexual assault is dividing the Senate but not along typical partisan battle lines.<p>This war has Democrat fighting Democrat and Republican fighting Republican — with the two sides slowly solidifying ahead of a floor vote expected for this fall to remove the Pentagon’s chain of command from …

Immigrants, legal groups allege harsh treatment at U.S. border

Illegal entry from Mexico into the U.S. may be down overall, but the South Texas Rio Grande Valley is its own story.<p>That stretch of border is closest to Central America, where extreme levels of violence and poverty are pushing people out. An unprecedented number of migrants are now being …

For Stronger Families, Focus on Childcare, Not Birthrates

Some people are worried about the fact that the lifetime fertility rate for American women is at an all-time low. But it's wiser to be concerned with policies that support families that already exist.<p>With the United States birthrate at an all-time low and the lifetime fertility rate per woman at …

Ex-trader 'Fabulous Fab' found liable in SEC case

NEW YORK — A former Goldman Sachs trader who earned the nickname "Fabulous Fab" was found liable Thursday in a fraud case brought by federal regulators in response to the 2007 mortgage crisis that helped push the country into recession.<p>A jury reached the verdict at the civil trial in Manhattan …

Filing: Bank of America may face civil charges

Bank of America may face civil charges over one of the central elements of the financial crisis: mortgage-backed securities and similar assets.<p>In a regulatory filing Thursday, BofA said the Justice Department has warned it that it intends to file civil charges related to one or two jumbo prime …

Barack Obama Did Not Propose A Corporate Tax Cut, But The Media Keeps Saying He Did

Here's what really happened. Obama proposed a corporate tax overhaul that would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%. He would also greatly expand the corporate tax base, for example by reducing deductions for interest expenses and taxing more foreign income of U.S.-based multinationals.<p>These …

Tom Friedman is a modern-day Ayn Rand

The NY Times columnist idealizes the Internet’s winner-take-all economy while overlooking real-world concerns<p>If Thomas Friedman didn't exist, America's high-tech entrepreneurs would have had to invent him. Come to think of it, maybe they did. The dark science-fiction vision he celebrates serves …

Sliming Hillary through Huma

Bad Weiner coverage shows the media still defines the former secretary of state as that woman who was cheated on<p>One week into Round Two of the Anthony Weiner embarrassment, mainstream media figures are reminding us that to them, the single most important fact about former Secretary of State Hillary …

Progressives enable GOP’s war on the poor

Republicans are threatening to gut America’s food stamps program. Why are we not revolting in the streets?<p>SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps—has been part of the farm bill since 1938, but today’s Republicans believe that linking food stamps to farming policy is …

Filner lawyer blames city for not providing sexual harassment training

“Many – if not most – people do not know what is and what is not illegal sexual harassment under California law”<p>An attorney for Bob Filner argued that the City Council should cover the San Diego mayor's legal fees, because the city never provided Filner with sexual harassment training.<p>"The city has …

Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul: Splintered Battle for Future of Republican Party

The adage holds that Democrats fall in love, while Republicans fall in line.<p>These days, though, the GOP line looks more like a scrum – or, more …

Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused by at least eight women of sexually harassing them, never received a mandated training course on sexual harassment from the city, according to his attorney.<p>Harvey Berger says the city failed to meet its legal requirement and therefore should foot the mayor's …

Texas Republicans want Wendy Davis to foot the bill for special sessions

“Wendy Davis should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost,” said Republican state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione<p>Texas' three back-to-back special sessions may leave taxpayers on the hook for close to $2.4 million in expenses, but state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, has a plan to …

Wall Street decimates black America

For families in low-income communities, the nightmarish effects of the foreclosure crisis are just beginning<p>We cautiously ascend the staircase, the pitch black of the boarded-up house pierced only by my companion’s tiny circle of light. At the top of the landing, the flashlight beam dances in a …

Immigration activists arrested during protest outside Capitol

WASHINGTON -- Forty protesters, including union leader Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, were arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking passage outside the U.S. Capitol during a demonstration urging the House to pass<p>comprehensive immigration reform.<p>As they chanted and held …

Immigration

“Sovereign citizens” president sentenced to 18 years for tax crimes

James Timothy Turner was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, as well as IRS obstruction<p>James Timothy Turner, the president of the largest antigovernment “sovereign citizen” group in the country, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on Wednesday for tax crimes. Turner was …

The GOP's New Obsession With The 'War On Women' Is Severely Misguided

Over the last three weeks, one Democratic mayor — San Diego's Bob Filner— and one Democratic mayoral candidate — Anthony Weiner— have become embroiled in scandal over lewd revelations involving sexual harassment (Filner) and continued online sexual relationships (Weiner).<p>Republicans have cried …

Senate Conservative May Push To Exempt Congressional Staff From Obamacare

"His proposal would allow federal employees and congressional staff to keep their coverage but would not allow members to exempt themselves."<p>One of Obamacare's biggest opponents in the Senate is considering legislation to exempt House and Senate staff from being automatically enrolled in the …

Health Care

Obama Says He's Open To Surveillance Changes In Order To Restore Citizens' Trust

"We understand the American people really do need to know what's going on now and what's going on in the past and get the right kind of assurances that their privacy has not been breached," said Senator Saxby Chambliss, who attended the meeting.<p>"We've got to figure out ways to make the program more …

'I have principles': Pussy Riot convict defiant after losing parole battle

A jailed member of Russian female punk group Pussy Riot lost a court battle to be released but remained unrepentant over last year's protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.<p>Nadezhda Tolokonnikova watched from behind the black metal bars of a courtroom cage as a regional court …

Holder Seeks Continued Oversight Of Texas Election Laws

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will ask a federal court to subject Texas to the same kind of scrutiny that was required of it by a section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last month by the Supreme Court.<p>In <i>Shelby County v. Holder</i>, the high court rescinded Section 5 of …