Yesterday, that venerable institution, the U.S. House of Representatives, passed yet another Republican-backed bill that will never become law. No, it’s not their thirty-eighth attempt to repeal Obamacare, though that’s surely around the corner. It’s a restriction on abortion that flies in the face of Roe v.
In February, the Knight Foundation—a nonprofit devoted to the future of journalism—paid disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a conference, only months after he was nailed for plagiarism and fabricating quotes. When the dollar amount became public, Knight apologized for rewarding bad behavior. But the fee itself wasn’t abnormal: Pretty much anyone with a smidgen of name-recognition can rake it in with canned speeches at conventions, graduations, and retreats—and you can find out how much many of them make on speaking bureaus’ websites.
Why Detroit should keep its art
Why Detroit should keep its art.
His administration isn't done meddling in emergency contraception
Last night, after being upbraided for more than a month by women’s rights groups, the legal community, and the press, the Obama administration announced that it’s willing to ditch its legal appeal to keep emergency contraception behind the counter. “U.S.
The senator can't help ranting about big banks, even when the subject is student loans
The senator can't help ranting about big banks, even when the subject is student loans.
Iowa's budget gives the governor extraordinary power over abortion reimbursements
Iowa's budget gives the governor extraordinary power over abortion reimbursements.
On July 1, interest rates on a key federal student loan are set to double, and, for once, the White House and House Republicans might reach a compromise to avoid the hike. Unfortunately, students might be better off if they didn't: Many activists say they'd prefer no deal at all to the one on the table. Short-term patches have become routine in a Washington seemingly incapable of permanent solutions, but in this case a patch may be the answer. On student loans, the best thing to come of the next four weeks would be a measure that buys more time.
The debate about feticide has taken a back seat to abortion
The debate about feticide has taken a back seat to abortion.
Pro-life and pro-choice groups talk past each other, even when they're celebrating
Pro-life and pro-choice groups talk past each other, even when they're celebrating.
Analyzing the pro-life movement's dominant form of self-expression
The anti-abortion movement's defining medium used to be the poster, typically featuring a misleading photo of a stillborn fetus much older than most states' abortion laws allowed. These days, it's probably the undercover video.