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That Time Badass Feminist Queen Elizabeth Gave Saudi Arabia's King A Lesson in Power

motherjones.com — Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth is known to have a wicked sense of humor, and some mean driving skills. One day back in 1998, she deployed both spectacularly to punk Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Back then, Abdullah was a Saudi crown prince visiting Balmoral, the vast royal estate in Scotland.
Jan 25, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

RT @PatriciaMazzei: That time Queen Elizabeth drove Prince Abdullah around in a Land Rover bit.ly/15DXPJR via @MotherJones

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Black Man Lawfully Carrying Gun Gets Pummeled by White Vigilante at Walmart

By Inae Oh
motherjones.com — There is no shortage of debate about whether allowing citizens to carry concealed guns makes society safer. You may be shocked to learn that the answer could depend in part on the color of a citizen's skin.
Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

The gun permit dbl standard RT @MotherJones: Black man w legal gun attacked by white vigilante bit.ly/1wt3KH6 pic.twitter.com/LeveFGyRkM

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Melinda Gates Shames Anti-Vaxxers "Who Have Forgotten What Measles Death Looks Like"

By Inae Oh
motherjones.com — On the heels of an increasingly widening measles outbreak at Disneyland in California, where at least 28 of the people infected were reportedly unvaccinated, Melinda Gates is urging parents to take advantage of healthcare resources in the United States and get their children vaccinated.
Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015

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This Washington Post Headline Is the Funniest Thing You'll Read All Weekend

motherjones.com — Got the winter blues? Well, turn that frown upside down! Here's a thing to make you smile. Sarah Palin says she's "seriously interested" in a 2016 campaign http://t.co/cmJVcq52J9 - Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 24, 2015 In other pretend candidate news: Guys he's totally serious this time RT @costareports: Trump ends his speech: "I am seriously thinking of running for president" - Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 24, 2015 What a time to be alive.
Jan 24, 2015

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Elizabeth Warren Has a New Target People Hate Almost As Much As Wall Street

motherjones.com — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is worried about more than big banks. She's got Big Pharma in her sights too. On Thursday, the Massachusetts Democrat announced a new bill, the Medical Innovation Act, which she says would address two major problems: dwindling government investment in medical research and illegal practices by major pharmaceutical companies.

Mississippi Wouldn't Allow This Teacher to Show Kids How to Use a Condom. His Simple Solution Is Brilliant.

motherjones.com — In Mississippi, whose education laws require "stressing" abstinence, teachers are prohibited from "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." Nonetheless, 76 percent of Mississippi teenagers report having sex before the end of high school, and a third of babies in the state are born to teenage mothers.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @MotherJones: Mississippi forbid this teacher from showing kids how to use a condom. His solution is awesome bit.ly/1yPtNfM pic.twitter.com/blqcAh3hIs

Jan 24, 2015

RT @MotherJones: Mississippi forbid this teacher from showing kids how to use a condom. His solution is awesome bit.ly/1yPtNfM pic.twitter.com/blqcAh3hIs

Jan 24, 2015

So good. RT @JBYoder: Seriously, this Mississippi sex-ed teacher is doing civil disobedience in the best possible way motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/c…

Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015

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"Twenty-week bans are devastating for women like me."

motherjones.com — A top priority for the new Republican Congress is passing a new law banning abortions after a fetus is 20 weeks old. But on Wednesday, GOP women concerned about the party's image managed to delay the vote. The bill, however, is by no means dead.
Jan 24, 2015

The takeaway, from this admittedly small sample: most women have late term abortions for medical reasons. motherjones.com/politics/2015/…

Jan 23, 2015

These are the kind of people who seek out abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy motherjones.com/politics/2015/… via @mtredden

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Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney the Progressive Champion

motherjones.com — It is time for liberals to cheer Mitt Romney. Not because his possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential contest could cause chaos for the GOP. But because Romney, apparently seeing the error of his "severely conservative" ways, has become a progressive crusader.

The Oceans Are On the Verge of Mass Extinction. Here's How to Avoid It.

motherjones.com — We land-based creatures live in the midst of a massive extinction crisis, just the sixth one over the past half billion years. What about the oceans? A much-discussed, wide-ranging recent Science study (paywalled) has good news: Sea critters are currently faring much better than their land counterparts, which are going extinct at a rate 36 times higher.
Jan 23, 2015

The oceans are on the verge of a mass extinction event motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2… via @motherjones

Jan 23, 2015

RT @MotherJones: A major study predicts a grim future for marine life—but there's still time to change that bit.ly/187NlDC pic.twitter.com/1MXqQyDvkX

Jan 23, 2015

The oceans are on the verge of mass extinction. Here's how to avoid it. motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2…

Jan 23, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015

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This Is Why Under-Inflated Footballs Could Have Given Tom Brady An Advantage

motherjones.com — To those of us for whom the nuances of professional football tactics are a bit of a mystery, there was one question looming over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's surreal Ballghazi press conference yesterday that went unanswered: What's so great, in theory, about a deflated football?
Jan 23, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015

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Most US Airstrikes in Syria Target a City That's Not a "Strategic Objective"

motherjones.com — During his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama announced that the US military is "stopping ISIL's advance." But a close look at the details of the American air offensive reveals a less triumphant narrative: Although the strikes may have slowed ISIS's advance in the area around the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, the overall strategic gains have been minimal.

Despite Legalizing Gay Marriage These States Forbid Teaching About Gay Sex

motherjones.com — This month the Supreme Court announced it would decide in the current term whether all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry. No doubt the justices are aware of how public opinion on the issue has evolved.
Jan 23, 2015

Despite legalizing gay marriage these states forbid teaching about gay sex bit.ly/187NlDr pic.twitter.com/08AU6sphqX

Jan 23, 2015

Where gay marriage is legal, but teaching about gay sex & safety is not, via @MotherJones: bit.ly/187NlDr pic.twitter.com/0Psomc7eaa

Jan 23, 2015

TX, AL, and MS require sex-ed teachers to inform kids that homosexuality is a crime. bit.ly/187NlDr

Jan 23, 2015

some states still require sex ed teachers to treat homosexuality as a crime. bit.ly/187NlDr pic.twitter.com/VXWVNTZ7JW

Jan 23, 2015

Despite legalizing gay marriage these states forbid teaching about gay sex bit.ly/187NlDr pic.twitter.com/8PBDdmZRsJ

We Haven't Been This Close to the Apocalypse Since 1984

motherjones.com — This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In 1947, the specter of nuclear holocaust prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to come up with a " Doomsday Clock." The clock was meant to highlight just how close humans had come to wiping ourselves off the map.

No Money Left Behind: Education Entrepreneur Cashes in on Bush Family Ties

motherjones.com — In this week's New Yorker, Alec MacGillis discusses Jeb Bush's approach to education reform, the realm in which Bush, as Florida's governor, had sought to make his biggest mark.
Jan 23, 2015

.@JoshHarkinson notes the connection between George W Bush and Jeb Bush on education: Dallas’ Randy Best motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/j…

Jan 23, 2015

No Money Left Behind: Education Entrepreneur Cashes in on Bush Family Ties bit.ly/1GIHmo0

The Cop Who Choked Eric Garner to Death Won't Have to Pay a Dime in Damages

motherjones.com — When police officers kill unarmed citizens they are rarely charged, let alone convicted of a crime. The victims' families often turn to civil complaints against the police, as is currently the case in New York City, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, where wrongful death and other civil rights claims filed in the wake of officer-involved killings could result in payouts tallying in the millions of dollars.
Jan 23, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015

Exclusive: The cop who choked Eric Garner to death won't have to pay a dime in damages motherjones.com/politics/2015/… via @motherjones

Jan 23, 2015

RT @markfollman: Three quarters of a billion in police misconduct payouts, but the bad cops hardly pay a dime: bit.ly/1GAfOkX pic.twitter.com/1BpEeZCTqX

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"Be a Man." What Does That Even Mean?

motherjones.com — Man up! Grow a pair! Don't be a pussy! That's the message boys still get from coaches and peers, movies and video games, and all too often their own fathers. It's the message those fathers grew up with, too. In her last documentary, Miss Representation, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom looked at how the mainstream media perpetuates harmful female stereotypes.

John Boehner Faces a Revolt of the Moderates

motherjones.com — Having awakened from my slumber, I see that John Boehner has a whole new problem on his hands. Apparently the rump moderate wing of the the Republican Party is starting to feel itchy: Female lawmakers pushed the party to drop Thursday's planned vote on legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, forcing leaders to abruptly switch course and pass a different antiabortion bill.

Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem

motherjones.com — This weekend, a select group of Republican presidential hopefuls will arrive in southern California to attend one of Charles and David Koch's biannual donor retreats, a coveted invite for GOP politicians seeking the backing of the billionaire brothers and their elite club of conservative and libertarian mega-donors.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @kenvogel: If Mitt runs again, his most powerful opponents could be... the Koch bros? Smart @AndyKroll on Romney's Koch problem: m.motherjones.com/politics/2015/…

Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 24, 2015

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Friday Cat Blogging - 23 January 2015

motherjones.com — I wrote this morning's short post and then spent the rest of the morning napping. This is ridiculous, and I don't know what's going on. I'm a thousand percent better than I was Tuesday and Wednesday, but still dog tired. One possibility is that this is due to a change in my chemo schedule.