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TEDxWomen Aims to Help Women Rise

On Saturday, 13,000 women around the world gathered in over 100 cities for TEDxWomen -- local, women-centered versions of the TED talks that most of us only get to watch online. ...more

Bob Costas, NBC Turns Belcher Tragedy into Political Fodder

UPDATE: Bob Costas appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and called his commentary on Blecher's murder-suicide a "mistake." Listen to the interview here. Bob Costas and NBC turned a tragic story into political fodder. ...more

Holidays at the White House: In Pictures

On Friday, BlogHer went to the White House to see the holiday decorations in the East Wing. The Obamas have decked the halls with much more than just boughs of holly. See our our pictures to get into the spirit, and see more photos on the official White House Holidays 2012 page. ...more

So Now Republicans Wonder What Happened to the Asian Vote?

Don’t make me say I told you so. In Mandarin Chinese, there is a phrase, wo gei ni shuo. Literally translated, it means, “Let me tell you…” But it also implies that you should pull up a chair, because what I have to say is going to take a few minutes, and you better listen, because there I've got some opinions and advice to give you. ...more
I, too, enjoyed this well-written and educational piece. As a gay white woman whose partner and ...more

My Year as a Civic Innovator

I’m a policy wonk and doer. This time last year, I didn’t have a clue what happened at a hackathon. I associated hackers with bad guys who stole identities and broke into websites. So you can imagine my delight to be introduced to a community of civic-minded hackers. Hackathons provide a platform for problem-solvers and do-gooders to collaborate and create interesting things....more

GOP Women Push Back on All-Male Chair Picks

Republican women pushed back Wednesday after the full House Republican conference approved 19 white, all-male chairman picks recommended by Speaker John Boehner as the GOP reflects on its relevance to a diversifying America. Outgoing Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) told The Hill: "It's not over yet. There's still two committees open."...more
@ShirleyHusar Thank you, Warrior Woman!more

There Is No Fiscal Cliff

[Editor's Note: Are you tired of hearing the term "fiscal cliff"? Or are you unsure what it even is, except that is sounds really scary? Well, Joanne Bamberger says there is no such thing as a fiscal cliff, just a series of Bush-era tax cuts that will soon expire. What she thinks is more dangerous is the rhetoric used by conservatives to scare people into thinking the country will implode if spending on government services isn't cut drastically. Check out what she writes at The Broad Side. --Grace]...more
Avoiding the Cliff is easy, just handle it like Maureen J Andrade says she handle her divorce. ...more

Huffington Post Fails with Teaser for Oprah Breast Cancer Scare

Dear Huffington Post: It's not okay to minimize a breast cancer scare. Yes, Oprah Winfrey is powerful, and yes, she is struggling to save her OWN venture and her magazine, and it's true that due to her power and influence, she often has been the punchline of jokes, but under no circumstances should anyone make light of her or anyone else's experience with a breast cancer scare....more
"The Huffington Post has its Black Voices, Latino Voices, women's section, and Gay Voices, but ...more

Gifts for Political Junkies

The 2012 presidential elections may be over, but true politicos never stop keeping an eye on the Beltway. Maybe all you want for Christmas is for the term “fiscal cliff” to go away, but that may be a feat that would be formidable even for Santa. So what to get for the true-blue Democrats or red-blooded Republicans in your life? ...more
Hi Grace! If I had one wish to make, I would wish with all my heart to attend President Obama's ...more

Does Buddhism Have a Race Problem?

This Saturday, December 8 Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day, a holiday that marks the day that Siddartha Gautauma received enlightenment. A recent Huffington Post article about the rift between white American Buddhist converts and Asian American (and other people of color) practitioners of the faith sparked a lot of discussion about who exactly are Buddhists and how does race affect how their beliefs are acted out? But Arun at Angry Asian Buddhist takes issue with some of the points in the Huff Po piece: ...more