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Friday, February 05, 2016

The CDC is advising women to stop drinking if they are trying to get pregnant or not using birth control with sex. The way this advice was communicated has struck many women as severe and condescending. "CDC to younger women: Better take your birth control before you drink that glass of wine," read one headline. The Internet let forth a tsunami of derision. One columnist for the Washington Post quipped, "That's the last time I drink merlot alone in my apartment. I don't want herpes." read more


On Thursday, Tennessee's House of Representatives voted 59-31 to call for a constitutional convention, becoming the fifth state in recent months where lawmakers have called for a major rewrite of the Constitution. Four states, including Florida and Georgia, have already called for a second constitutional convention. Thirty-four could by the end of the year -- enough to trigger a convention. Supporters include the American Legislative Exchange Council, Tea Party groups and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron promised back in 2010 to bring net migration down to 100,000 people a year. Six years later, it's more than three times that number.

That's one reason the government's Home Office decided that non-Europeans on skilled worker visas -- known as Tier 2 visas -- are not welcome to stay unless they are making at least 35,000 British pounds (about $50,000 a year).


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A prominent molecular biologist at the University of Chicago has resigned after a university recommendation that he be fired for violating the school's sexual misconduct policy. His resignation comes amid calls for universities to be more transparent about sexual harassment in their science departments, where women account for only one-quarter of senior faculty jobs. read more


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Freedom House reckons that 44 percent of the countries of the world are "free," countries as diverse as Holland, Jamaica, and India. Thirty percent are "partially free." That means that though they may have free elections, the media is partially restricted and the legal system doesn't function well. Pakistan and Nigeria are examples. Then there are the "not free" countries where most institutions or opposition are muzzled, including Russia, Honduras, and Egypt. We could add a fourth group with one powerful member, the United States. Freedom House rightly says the role of money in U.S. elections is considerably warping their outcome. So is widespread gerrymandering. And legislative gridlock in Congress caused by Republican extremism is distorting the electors' mandate. Finally, there is fresh evidence that there are too many instances of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.


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