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What? Pope Benedict XVI Is Stepping Down

Have you seen the news today? The Pope quit. A short little sentence, but one of huge historical importance.A Pope hasn't resigned since 1415. 1415...almost seven hundred years ago!!! The amount of time since the last occurrence is just mind-boggling....more
Hey there, Jerrilynn! I am not Catholic, either, but like you, I always find the pomp and ...more

Government-Forced Reading? Ayn Rand's Ironic Influence on the GOP

Love or hate Ayn Rand, anyone whose read Atlas Shrugged sees the irony in an Idaho Republican lawmaker's symbolic bill forcing the reading of the novel in order for public school students to graduate....more
Jane Collins don't be naive; high school kids see far worse in 30 minutes of television than ...more

LAPD Manhunt for Christopher Dorner

My hometown of Irvine has been all over the news the past few days due to a rare murder and the manhunt for the suspect, Christopher Dorner. Irvine is consistently rated one of the safest cities in the nation, which makes this crime so alarming. But what is most alarming of all is the this man, a fired ex-LAPD police officer, wrote a vitriolic manifesto describing his rage and what he planned to do about it....more
In order to manage my anxiety, I decided a few years ago to always assume people weren't mad at ...more

North Dakota Has A Teen Pregnancy Crisis. So Why Did Conservatives Block A Federal Grant for Sex Education?

Last September, Molly Secor-Turner got some exciting news. Along with another North Dakota State University researcher, Brandy Randall, she won a 1.2-million federal grant to launch a sex education program in Fargo for at-risk teens. ...more
And while the adults argue, the teens are getting pregnant.   It is unfortunate that we take ...more

Lunar New Year: Why Isn’t It a National Holiday?

This Sunday, February 10 marks one of the world’s biggest celebrations: the Lunar New Year. Most commonly known as Chinese New Year, the holiday is celebrated by billions of people in East Asia and will usher in the Year of the Snake. So why isn’t the Lunar New Year an official holiday?...more
@Grace Hwang Lynch Thank you! Looking forward to tomorrow. Back at cha'.more

Hillary Clinton's New Website: Sure Looks Presidential

Is she? Or isn't she? Hillary Clinton's new website, sure looks Presidential. The site, which was created on January 31 -- the day before she stepped down as Secretary of State -- doesn't mention "campaign", "2016" or "President", but look at the stately portrait of former First Lady and diplomat, and what comes to your mind? Image Credit:
I'm for Hillary!more

What's Wrong With the GOP: A Republican Consultant's View

In the aftermath of last November’s rather crushing GOP loss, there’s been the usual process of soul-searching, auditing, and roundtable discussing to ascertain what went wrong and how the Republican party can avoid screwing up on a similar par in 2014 and 2016....more
@all.things.fadra "But I have to wonder if you could win an election on a moderate stance. ...more

Family Medical Leave Act 20 Year Anniversary

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That’s why it’s worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation’s history....more
My mom recently lost her job taking care of my sick grandmother. She was days away from ...more

No More Mail on Saturdays? Say It Isn't So, US Postal Service!

I guess it's one less day to sift through the junk mail. The U.S. Postal Service announced this morning that it will end Saturday delivery of first-class mail, beginning in August 2013. It's not surprising, considering the federal agency has been in the red for at least six years, due to increased costs for employee benefits and decreased demand for snail mail....more
@monikazimmerman I totally agree with you about the every other day idea! In fact, I was just ...more

Alabama Standoff: We Can All Breathe a Sigh of Relief Now That Ethan's Free

Some stories just grab you by the heartstrings and don’t let go. I can’t always predict which stories are going to immerse themselves in my thoughts. But when I heard about the boy in Alabama who had been snatched from his school bus, I knew this was one tale that would be woven into my daily life....more