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The UK Parliament May Have Overreached on Alan Rusbridger

Today Alan Rusbridger reported before the UK’s Home Affairs Select Committee to defend his newspaper’s right to publish leaked documents from Edward Snowden, and to deny that the paper had placed the country at a national security risk. Despite much hostile and deeply weird questioning, Rusbridger promised to continue publishing responsibly. Alan Rusbridger, during the… Read more »

How We Talk About Michelle Obama

Over Thanksgiving break I spent some time thinking about the reactions to Michelle Cottle’s controversial Politico Magazine piece criticizing Michelle Obama for acting as an advocate for a relatively limited list of issues. “Gardening? Tending wounded soldiers? Reading to children? …Her Ivy League degrees, career success and general aura as an ass-kicking, do-it-all superwoman had… Read more »

Time for a Plan C

After years of fighting to make Plan B available without a prescription to girls of any age, the discouraging announcement that Norlevo, a European drug identical to Plan B, loses effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds and is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds, casts a dark shadow… Read more »

Lance Armstrong’s Ignoble Last Stand

Yesterday, in a last ditch effort to avoid testifying in court to his doping history, Lance Armstrong agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to a Nebraska-based insurance company which had previously given him performance bonuses. In exchange for the money, Armstrong’s sworn written statements will likely be barred from release. Seems like a lot… Read more »