8:18 AM, Nov 4, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Michelle Obama went to Qatar to give a speech on girls education. There, the first lady of the United States complained about growing up as a girl in America.
"[B]ack when I was a girl, even though I was bright and curious and I had plenty of opinions of my own, people were often more interested in hearing what my brother had to say. And my parents didn’t have much money; neither of them had a university degree. So when I got to school, I sometimes encountered teachers who assumed that a girl like me wouldn’t be a good student. I was even told that I would never be admitted to a prestigious university, so I shouldn’t even bother to apply," Obama said at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha.
"Like so many girls across the globe, I got the message that I shouldn’t take up too much space in this world. That I should speak softly and rarely. That I should have modest ambitions for my future. That I should do what I was told and not ask too many questions. But I was lucky, because I had parents who believed in me, who had big dreams for me. They told me, don’t ever listen to those who doubt you. They said, just work harder to prove them wrong.
"And that’s what I did. I went to school. I worked hard. I got good grades. I got accepted to top universities. I went on to become a lawyer, a city government employee, a hospital executive, and –- the most important job I’ve ever had –- a mother to two beautiful girls."
Obama did say that the U.S. has made progress. "And as I moved forward, so did my country. In each generation, brave women and men fought to end gender discrimination in the workplace, to pass tougher laws against rape and domestic abuse, to ensure equal access to education for women. And while we still have work to do to achieve full economic, political equality for women in the U.S., today, nearly 60 percent of American university students are women. And as for the law school at Harvard University –- which I actually got my law degree -- the Dean of the school is now a woman, as are half the students."
7:43 AM, Jun 5, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton is making voter ID a major issue in her 2016 presidential election. And she's accusing America of falling "short" of her "ideal."
"I went to Texas to talk about my vision for fair voting rights for every American -- sadly, our current reality falls far short of this fundamental ideal," Clinton writes in an email to supporters.
"The right to vote is under attack -- especially the rights of young people, poor people, and people of color. Here in Texas, you can use your concealed weapon permit to vote, but not your student ID."
4:08 PM, Jan 22, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Late Thursday, the White House released via Twitter President Obama's annual statement commemorating the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
3:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.
11:55 AM, May 5, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
This week the Factual Feminist takes on the new program in feminist biology at the University of Wisconsin, striking another blow for sanity and against agenda-driven, politicized science!
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'It’s not even close.'7:01 AM, Apr 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he's going to heaven.
2:04 PM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ted Cruz has organized an effort to urge President Barack Obama to help free Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran.
“The President of the United States is in a unique position to focus international attention on the unjust and abusive detention of one of our citizens,” Cruz says in a press release. “There might also be an opportunity for administration officials participating in nuclear negotiations in Geneva this week to raise the issue directly with their Iranian counterparts. Time is of the essence given Pastor Saeed's current predicament.”
6:29 PM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will use tonight's State of the Union Address to announce a group that will explore ways to improve "the Election Day experience." The Huffington Post, which broke the news, calls the group "a bipartisan presidential voting commission."
4:30 PM, Jul 26, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It was inevitable that after the massacre in a Colorado movie theater, the matter of gun control would come up and that the president would weigh in on the subject. And, according to this report by Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times, he has:
4:09 PM, Mar 9, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
MSNBC host Al Sharpton held a rally today, reenacting the famed civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. "[I]nstead of protesting Jim Crow segregation and police brutality, he's opposing voter ID laws, right-to-work laws, and the Alabama illegal immigration bill," the Washington Examiner reported.
Markos Moulitsas is wrong on the Internet. 10:30 PM, Mar 6, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
It's understandable if you who haven't jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, but please know that it's good for one thing. The conversational, off-the-cuff nature of medium is very good at exposing the limits of one's knowledge. Case in point: Here's Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas reacting to Rick Santorum's speech tonight. Apparently some truths aren't as self-evident as they once were: