Lynn Wolfe

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The Next Bechdel Test

The Bechdel-Wallace Test — more commonly abbreviated to the Bechdel Test — asks two simple questions of a movie: Does it have at least two named …

Box Office

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

<b>Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Family of Four Loses 14-Year-Old Son While Trying to Outrun Deadly California Wildfire

At least one member of a family of four has died while the rest continue to fight for their lives after attempting to escape the deadly California …

Residents allowed to return amid California wildfires Video

More than 12 fires are still burning amid the deadliest wildfire disaster in the state's history but evacuation orders are being lifted in multiple …

After Trump threatens the press, senator asks FCC to affirm free speech

Richard Blumenthal plans to ask each member of the Federal Communications Commission’s board to individually voice support for freedom of the press<p>Raising an alarm over Donald Trump’s repeated attacks last week on free speech protections, a Democratic senator is demanding that board members of the …

Donald Trump

Trump is Coming for Your Birth Control. Can States Stop Him?

Nick Ut/Associated Press<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>The Trump administration recently announced a rule that will …

Saudi Arabia ‘committed’ to promoting, protecting human rights

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia is fully committed to its efforts in promoting and protecting human rights, said Abdul Aziz Al-Assem, the first secretary of …

Saudi Arabia

Jeff Sessions Joins Fight for Justice for Slain Transgender Teen

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bucking his image as an anti-LGBT crusader by sending a top federal hate crimes lawyer to help prosecute a man on …

Egypt's capital Cairo is worst megacity for women worldwide, London best

The Egyptian capital Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women, with high rates of harassment and a lack of opportunities. In the …

Sexual Harassment

Did Trump tweet poison legal case against athletes who kneel?

By Tracy Jan, (c) 2017, The Washington Post<p>The controversy over football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem could have simply …

Donald Trump

Trump is not threatening the First Amendment; Americans' ignorance of what it means most definitely is

For the second time in as many months, Americans are demonstrating a profound ignorance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But this time, it’s not about the NFL and freedom of speech; it’s about our sacrosanct freedom of the press.<p>Backlash followed swiftly Thursday after President …

Donald Trump

Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

Why House investigators think this company might have gamed Facebook and helped Russia spread fake news.<p>The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested that a data analytics company called Cambridge Analytica turn over internal documents as part of its …

Cambridge Analytica

Hurricane Irma, global warming and the bomb: comparing energy giants

Four atomic bombs a second, 36 Hurricane Irmas blasting non-stop. Global warming is supercharging our climate.

Climate Change

Worrying New Research Finds That The Ocean Is Cutting Through a Key Antarctic Ice Shelf

Here's why that matters.<p>A new study published Tuesday has found that warm ocean water is carving an enormous channel into the underside of one of the …

A Hole the Size of Switzerland Just Opened Up Antarctica’s Sea Ice

Aerial view of the polynya in the Southern Ocean. Credit: Jan Lieser, ACE CRC, Australia<p><b>Something very strange just happened in Antartica.</b> An …

Global Warming

How algae plays an athletic role in glacier melt

Life exists everywhere you look — even on glacier ice, home to inch-long worms, snow fleas, bacteria and algae.<p>When gathered by the millions on the …

Daily Mail retracts global warming article, but did anyone notice?

Earlier this year, UK tabloid <i>The Daily Mail</i>, famous for its incompetent fakery, published a bombshell article claiming "World leaders duped by …

Journalism

California Just Became The First State To Recognize A Third Gender

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making California the first to widely recognize being nonbinary — neither male nor female — as a third legal gender option.<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday making his state the first in the nation to officially recognize a third …

LGBTQI

US Diplomacy With North Korea to Continue Until ‘First Bomb Drops’, Says Tillerson

<b>Washington:</b> Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising …

Russia condemns North Korea nuclear tests: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow condemns North Korea’s nuclear tests and calls on North Korea and the international community to comply with all U.N. resolutions, Russian news agencies quoted the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house as saying on Monday.<p>FILE PHOTO - North Korean leader Kim Jong …

North Korea

Girls Struggle for Education in Afghanistan: Daily Brief

Plus: New satellite images confirm mass destruction in Burma; Party congress in China; Indonesia endorses killing drug suspects to cut costs; Trump …

‘Abortion should be treated as what it is: healthcare, a basic human right’

After the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act last month, we still have a long way to go in the fight for women to have the freedom of choice …

Eighth Amendment

This Stray Cat Broke Into a Zoo and Became Best Friends With a Lynx

A few months ago, we got really excited when an amicable meerkat befriended a husky, because unlikely animal friendships are what we <i>live</i> for. Today, …

Cute