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Chris Christie’s Infuriating Comments on Vaccines: This Is Not an Issue That Needs Balance

When asked about the measles outbreak, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a very political answer that suggested vaccinations are an issue that requires balance and fairness to both sides.  He's wrong. This is an issue with one right answer and public officials should understand that.

There are not two equal sides here. There are not a number of compelling arguments that should be carefully considered. There is not room for debate. There is, in fact, a right answer to whether people should vaccinate their children, and that answer is yes. Public officials should understand that.

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Point/Counterpoint: Day 2 of the Loretta Lynch Hearings

Republican leadership is reportedly not going to block the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the first Black female attorney general—but some right-wing lawmakers really, really wish they would.

Republican leadership is reportedly not going to block the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the first Black female attorney general—but some right-wing lawmakers really, really wish they would.

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Losing My Lege: Texas Lawmaker Demands Pledges of American Loyalty From Muslims

On Thursday, Muslim Texans, about half of them teenagers, convened in Austin for the seventh annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day to visit with their elected officials. There, they were met by a couple dozen protesters hurling racist, anti-Islam invectives.

On Thursday, Muslim Texans, about half of them teenagers, convened in Austin for the seventh annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day to visit with their elected officials. There, they were met by a couple dozen protesters hurling racist, anti-Islam invectives.

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New Abortion Play Could Spur Difficult Discussions Among Audiences and Activists—and That’s a Good Thing

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.

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‘SLUT’ Takes Direct Aim at Stigma About Adolescents’ Sexuality

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology's title—also called "SLUT"—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology’s title—also called “SLUT”—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

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‘Legitimate Rape’ and the March for Life

For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.

For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.

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Indiana Prosecutors Start Jury Selection in Feticide Trial on ‘Roe’ Anniversary

The story of Purvi Patel's prosecution, and the others lining up behind her, paint a bleak picture of life under the state's ultra-conservative Republican reign and give a frightening look of what's to come as increasingly draconian abortion restrictions force pregnant people to turn to other, sometimes illegal and often dangerous, means.

The story of Purvi Patel’s prosecution, and the others lining up behind her, paint a bleak picture of life under the state’s ultra-conservative Republican reign and give a frightening look of what’s to come as increasingly draconian abortion restrictions force pregnant people to turn to other, sometimes illegal and often dangerous, means.

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In State of the Union Address, Obama Makes Strong Case for Women’s Economic Issues

“It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday night.

“It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday night.

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Seeking Racial Justice in Real Life and in Games

A recent two-day livestreamed charity event that addressed how #BlackLivesMatter was successful in two ways: It eventually met its fundraising goal, and it proved there is still much to teach gamers about how to address race.

A recent two-day livestreamed charity event that addressed how #BlackLivesMatter was successful in two ways: It eventually met its fundraising goal, and it proved there is still much to teach gamers about how to address race.

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The Contenders to Watch in the Fight for the California Democratic Party’s Soul

Many people expect Sen. Dianne Feinstein to join Sen. Barbara Boxer in retirement in 2018, the same year Gov. Jerry Brown will be termed out. The ensuing scramble for California’s top three seats could determine whether the state’s dominant Democratic party swings in a conservative or progressive direction.

Many people expect Sen. Dianne Feinstein to join Sen. Barbara Boxer in retirement in 2018, the same year Gov. Jerry Brown will be termed out. The ensuing scramble for California’s top three seats could determine whether the state’s dominant Democratic Party swings in a conservative or progressive direction.

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