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What Happens When a Tea Partier and Gay Rights Activist Come Together?

January 26, 2015
True story: I once set up a coffee between two friends that testified against each other in the heated marriage equality debate in New Hampshire. Also true: while they ended up friends, initially, I encountered a barrier increasingly common in American politics. The public is so divided ideologically that people won't talk to someone on the opposite political spectrum. Approach them about the idea and their reaction is consistently the same: Why? What good could ever come out of such a conversation? For a long time that, too, was my reaction. But after having participated in a few of these...
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Is it a simple ear infection or a disaster waiting to happen?

January 20, 2015
Like many sandwich generation moms, I've been around the block when it comes to maladies of the ear. Both of my elderly parents are hard of hearing; and before my daughter reached 2nd grade, she had endured four ear surgeries. So I thought I'd seen it all. But the other day, I met a woman who forever changed my attitude about ears. Her name is Joie . At 38, Joie is the picture of health and good cheer. She works in a bright, colorful salon in the heart of Ballard, the Scandinavian neighborhood of Seattle. As she styles hair for clients of all varieties, Joie beams a ray of sunshine straight...
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BINGO anyone? Play During the State of the Union!

January 20, 2015
This Tuesday night (tomorrow night!) at 9pm ET / 6pm PT President Barack Obama will be giving the 2015 State of the Union. In order to make watching fun, we've created a BINGO card to help you track whether or not the issues of greatest concern to women, moms, and families are covered in the speech.
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Celebrating Dr. King Through Serving

January 16, 2015
“If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of...
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Head Smacker: House Jeopardizes Health Insurance for Workers While Claiming to Help Them

January 16, 2015
The House used the first week of the new Congressional session to pass a bill that puts health coverage and paychecks for Americans workers at risk and raises the federal deficit by $53 billion. That’s a Head Smacker in and of itself.
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Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

January 9, 2015
“A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.” -- Pope Francis
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Is Your Pay Stuck? Let's Fix That.

January 6, 2015
We’ve heard for months that the economy is improving, except for one stubborn problem: workers’ wages aren’t rising the way they should be in a recovery. Productivity goes up, corporate profits go up, CEO pay goes way up—but most working people’s paychecks are stuck. What we haven’t heard as much about is how we can raise wages. The economy is not like the weather—it doesn’t just happen to us, and we don’t have to just sit and wait for it to get better. The leaders we elect make the policy decisions that can fix the economy. Now it’s our job to put enough pressure on them until they actually do.
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Leo McGarry's New Year Advice: Getting Out of the Hole Together

January 4, 2015
The second Friday before Christmas was like most of my days -- essentially -- but with some unique details. I was finishing up the update of my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy , so I was making edits and chasing after approvals from various interviewees in between my double and triple-checks for typos. I also had a call with one of the mothers in the book, Hawaii State Senator Jill Tokuda, who was juggling gingerbread-house making in her older son's classroom with preparing for her new post as Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We talked...
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Are Police Stealing People’s Property?

January 2, 2015
Our asset forfeiture laws are a mess, and they’re letting cops confiscate property. Left and right ought to agree on this one.
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Progress and Setbacks for Pregnant Women in Prison: 2014 in Review

December 31, 2014
As we reflect on the past year, we see that 2014 brought some progress on protecting the reproductive health and rights of women who are incarcerated, but also revealed the deep, even intractable, problems that women face inside prison walls. Reducing the scale of incarceration is a critical part of any strategy to safeguard the health, rights, and futures of women who experience incarceration.
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