The Bizarre Trump-Fueled Backlash to Healthy School Lunches

56 minutes 32 seconds ago
Back in 2010, then–first lady Michelle Obama launched a nefarious scheme to turn school cafeterias into liberal indoctrination zones. Or at least that’s how Obama’s right-wing opponents portrayed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law she spearheaded that gave the National School Lunch Program its first nutritional update in more than 15 years. Her treachery […]
Tom Philpott

The Best and Worst of Abortion TV Since the 1970s

56 minutes 39 seconds ago
Previously, on TV: the abortion-quandary plot­line, featuring an uncertain pregnant woman agonizing over her decision. For years, this was how abortion was portrayed—a right-wing fantasy, essentially, present even in shows with broadly liberal politics. But as the medium flowered in the new century, so did abortion TV. Now abortions could be just another part of […]
Nina Liss-Schultz

Democrats Say They Want to End Mass Incarceration. There’s No Way They’ll Do What’s Needed to Get There.

57 minutes ago
In his criminal justice proposal, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has said he would grant clemency to 17,000 federal inmates serving time for nonviolent drug-related offenses. He proposed this idea in June, as part of his plan to end mass incarceration in the United States.  Shrinking the enormous US prison population has become a standard promise […]
Nathalie Baptiste

Has TV Ever Gotten Abortion Right?

57 minutes 3 seconds ago
In 1981, eight years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion and just a year before her breakout role as pregnant Stacy in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Jennifer Jason Leigh played another apparently knocked-up high schooler, this time in a CBS after-school special called I Think I’m Having a Baby. Leigh is Laurie, a hard-crushing […]
Becca Andrews

What Did Donald Trump Promise the President of Ukraine?

5 hours 26 minutes ago
Nobody is quite saying this outright, but I gather that the smart money now thinks that the whole whistleblower complaint centers on Ukraine. Namely that President Trump promised the new president of Ukraine $250 million in armaments if he’d reopen a criminal investigation involving Joe Biden and his son. That certainly sounds very Trumplike, doesn’t […]
Kevin Drum

For Trump, a Time of Indecision

7 hours 3 minutes ago
In discussions with his staff, Mr. Trump has made clear he wants to accomplish something big, but seems stymied as to what it might be, according to interviews with a half-dozen aides and advisers.
Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman