6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: That’s A Lotto Cash

For more than two weeks, people wondered who – and where – the winner of the largest lottery jackpot in history was hiding. Now, Gloria Mackenzie, an 84-year-old widow, has stepped out of the shadows and claimed her $590 million winnings. A resident of Florida, she reportedly agreed to split her winnings with her son. Perhaps they’ll […]

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Has Parenting Gotten Harder?

A White House tweet this week encouraged followers to “Spread the word about President Obama’s plan to provide high-quality preschool for every kid in America.” Critics weighed in—as they did when Obama floated his “preschool for all” plan in January during his State of the Union address—decrying the proposal as expensive and attacking Obama’s claim […]

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Unequal Pay – 50 Years and Getting Worse

June 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Black and white photos from 1963 show a smiling President John Kennedy signing that bill, flanked by hopeful female advocates who had worked hard to get it passed. The gender pay gap between women and men at the time was 41 cents on the […]

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The Case for Better Parental Leave in America

If there is one thing most American parents can agree on, it is the desperate need for change when it comes to the maternity leave system in our country. When compared to many other nations around the world, we are beyond lacking. While we pride ourselves at being the leading nation when it comes to […]

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Susan Rice, Colin Powell, and the Legacy of Blame

Tom Donilon, President Obama’s top national security adviser, is  stepping down, and  Susan Rice, the current United Nations Ambassador will likely replace Donilon in that role. After the tragedy that killed four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, Rice was the voice of the Obama administration on all five Sunday morning talk shows. […]

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Thanks of a Grateful Nation? Military Families Say Not So Much!

The military social media community is abuzz discussing articles written by columnists for the Washington Post, suggesting that somehow members of the military are free-loading off American taxpayers — a disturbing trend in recent articles about the military community. One of these articles explores the benefits that supplement the low pay of most service members, […]

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Briefcases and Banter: An Article That Will NEVER Appear in the ‘New York Times’

A gender re-imagined parody on the New York Times laughable article, “Purse Politics”: WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), was sitting in his large, sunny office recently, riffling through the contents of his black leather briefcase.  After several moments, he laughed and produced a neon-pink earplug. “Here’s an earplug from the helicopter,” he said, […]

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What We Learned from Edith Bunker

Edith Bunker explained to her family that the accident began with a can of cling peaches in heavy syrup that jumped out of her grocery cart and dented a parked car. Her husband, every-man Archie Bunker, glared at her, and her daughter Gloria Bunker Stivic said, “But, Ma, you don’t even drive.” With liberal son-in-law Michael “Meathead” […]

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Girl Power Rules: The Chime For Change Concert

It’s no secret that I love Duran Duran, specifically lead singer Simon Le Bon. But he may have just given me a new reason to love him. This week, Le Bon said, “In the year which marks the centenary of the Suffragette Movement, I am excited to be a performer at the Twickenham CHIME FOR […]

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Maybe You Don’t Need Social Media to be Successful

You know that friend who frustratingly and inexplicably won’t get a Facebook account? In my social circle, that’s me. I also don’t tweet, pin, or tumble (that’s what they call posting on Tumblr, right?). It’s not that I’m completely off the grid: I have a blog, a professional website, and I also write for a […]

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Feminists Shouldn’t Give ‘SheZow’ A Pass

A kids’ cartoon that premieres Saturday has conservatives in a tizzy. It features 12-year-old, skateboarding every-boy Guy Hammond who fights villains as SheZow, a female superhero. According to conservative commentators, that sort of gender-bending has no place on children’s television. “SheZow” first aired in Australia. It comes to America by way of the Hub, a […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: The State of Our Military?

Another Memorial Day has come and gone, but there are many stories related to our military that deserve our attention. This week, we’re giving you “6 Things” that are in the news about the state of our military: 1. Senator John McCain Snuck Into Syria to Meet with Rebel Fighters. Having spent months criticizing President […]

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Michele Bachmann’s Bizzare and Dangerous Legacy

When you pay as much attention to politics as I do, you know that not a week goes by without some elected official, national candidate, or one of their staff members making some outlandish statement that shocks us, embarrasses us, or at least has us spewing coffee all over our keyboards. It’s only gotten worse, […]

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36 Years of Marriage to a Really Good Person

I’m writing this as a tribute to my husband and our marriage which is now 36 years old. I met my husband when he was in medical school and I was in public health school. I started our relationship by telling him how completely senseless and selfish doctors were (this was in the 1970s when […]

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Only the Good Dye Young

As we age, parts of us change color.  We want our teeth to be white, but not our hair. We want our arms and legs sun-kissed and bronzed, but certainly no brown age spots on our faces. It is a problem we women “of a certain age” deal with every day. A few weeks ago I was […]

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