On the front lines with Media Matters — the conservative network’s worst nightmare

By Brian Hiatt

If you believe former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Media Matters for America is the nation’s “most dangerous organization,” which would be quite a feat for a modestly funded nonprofit whose 80 employees spend a lot of their time quietly watching cable news at their desks. The…

OK, yeah, the moon is weird, but that doesn’t mean the moon landing wasn’t real

By EJ Dickson

Let’s all just agree on one thing: the moon is weird.

It’s in the sky. It glows. Sometimes it’s big, and sometimes it’s small. It also causes tides, somehow, for some reason, though if you’re looking for an in-depth explanation as to how it does this and…

Former staffers of ousted President Leanna Wen paint a picture of a leader who lacked political savvy

By Tessa Stuart

The day before Dr. Leana Wen took the reins as president of Planned Parenthood — the first doctor to lead the organization in 50 years — staffers received a detailed memo indicating how things were going to operate under the new leadership. …

From Donald Trump to Alan Dershowitz, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is connected to some of the most powerful men in the country — but what did they know?

By EJ Dickson

On Saturday night, shortly after billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, Christine Pelosi, a DNC official and the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, tweeted that the arrest would possibly implicate a number of Epstein’s powerful friends on…

A conversation with the rapper, actor, and activist about the color pink, his new album, and Robert Pattinson playing Batman

By Charles Holmes

I don’t understand the story Jaden Smith is trying to tell me. He’s pitching me, with rapid intensity, the plot of his new 17-song concept album, ERYS. Mentions of classic late-Seventies cinema intertwine with colorful substances that make people into zombies. …

There’s a pretty long history of the flag being used by extremist right-wing movements — and a recent move by Nike has brought that into the spotlight

By EJ Dickson

Conservatives absolutely love to hate Colin Kaepernick, and a recent controversy centering around Fourth of July-themed Nike sneakers proved to be no exception. On Monday evening, Nike announced it would be pulling a new edition of Fourth of July-themed sneakers featuring the original United States flag as…

Play it safe or go bold? In the race to beat Trump, party leaders are rolling out revolutionary policies for the first time in a generation.

By Tim Dickinson

For the 2020 election, Democrats are proposing policies of sweep and ambition not seen since the New Deal or the Great Society. …

An SPLC report indicates that transphobic hate speech is rapidly climbing

By EJ Dickson

As Pride Month draws to a close, a troubling report from the Southern Poverty Law Center blog HateWatch sheds light on a possible uptick in threats against transgender people.

According to the post, the SPLC has witnessed a significant uptick in threats against transgender people during Pride…

After decades of dismissing or outright ignoring bi- and pansexuals, TV shows are finally coming around, broadening our cultural understanding of the sexual identity spectrum

By Jenna Scherer

“Mom. Dad. I know you don’t want to talk about this, but I do. I might get married to a man, like you so clearly want. And I might not. Because this is not a phase, and I need you to understand that. I’m bisexual.” That’s Rosa…

At 16 years old, the Nickelodeon star has turned reality-TV and YouTube fame into a global brand. Will she be the traditional teen idol machine’s saving grace?

By Brittany Spanos

On a nondescript, cactus-lined street in Sherman Oaks, California, it’s hard to miss the only house with a unicorn-drawn-carriage and a custom BMW painted like a rainbow race car on its curb.

Inside the house, singer, actress, and YouTube superstar JoJo Siwa is covered in flour, sprinkles…

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