Katie McDonough

Bill O’Reilly & Josh Duggar’s Shame Is America’s Shame: How Abusive And Violent Men Get Away With It

Bill O’Reilly is alleged to have choked his wife and dragged her down a set of stairs. He also sexually harassed a former producer at his network and allegedly threatened retaliation when she complained. He is still a marquee name at Fox News. Josh Duggar sexually abused at least five underage girls, and his abuse was known to his family and his church. Until this week, he was the head of the political arm of the Family Research Council, cozying up with Republican presidential hopefuls.

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We’re Living in an Anti-Choice Nightmare: 25 Ways Anti-Women Warriors Are Playing Doctor

House Republicans voted on Wednesday to pass a modified but still terrible version of their 20-week abortion ban. The measure no longer includes a provision forcing rape victims to report the assault to the police in order to access care, but it still makes them jump through hoops. Instead of mandatory reporting to law enforcement, the updated bill requires victims to seek mandatory counseling — effectively a waiting period. It is still unconstitutional. It is still based on phony science.

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Market for Big Profits from Breast Milk Raises Many Questions

I witnessed the power of breast milk — as a magic health elixir and apparent social lubricant — earlier this month when my friend, while playing with her young son, was approached by a stranger and asked if she was breast-feeding. It went something like this:

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Why Rape Survivors Terrify Fox News & the Gun Lobby

Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich this week told students at Iowa State University that guns “can be a woman’s best defense against a sexual assault,” and called opposition to campus carry laws a ploy to turn women into victims “in order to uphold an anti-gun political philosophy.”

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'Lean the F*** Away from Me': Jessica Williams Responds to Critic Second-Guessing Her Career Choices

After a week of intense speculation about who would be taking over “The Daily Show,” Jessica Williams addressed the rumors that she was (or at least should be) the heir apparent for host. In a series of tweets, Williams thanked people for the support, but said she wouldn’t be sitting behind the anchor desk any time soon. “Fact 1: I’m not hosting. Thank you but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!” she tweeted. “I am super not right for it, but there are quite a few people who are! Can’t wait to stick around & see what happens.”

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“The Human Experience Has a Crisis”: Ai-Jen Poo on “Elder Boom” and the Labor of Dealing With Death

Every eight seconds, another American turns 65. By 2030, the percentage of our population that is 65 or older will be 20 percent. We are on the verge of what analysts are calling “elder boom,” with an aging population that will have needs — medical, financial and emotional — that our current system is ill-equipped to meet.

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The Right Is Coming for Your Birth Control - They Just Don't Want You to Know It, Yet

Anti-choice conservatives want the public to believe that abortion and birth control are the same thing so that it becomes impossible to access both. But because openly going after birth control has shown itself to be a form of political death, politicians and anti-choice advocacy groups have been working to conflate contraception and abortion when it’s politically convenient. The lie is by design, and it’s working.

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Louisiana Parish Claims Incarcerated 14-Year-Old Consented to be Raped by a Corrections Officer

A Louisiana parish is arguing that it should not be held liable for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a juvenile detention center because the victim “consented” to be sexually assaulted by a 40-year-old corrections officer at the facility.

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Camille Paglia Thinks Rape is Intrinsic to Men’s Nature, and Some Men Are OK With That

I get lots of unsolicited emails from men who want to tell me things. Often, these men will just want to tell me that I am wrong, but sometimes they will also want to tell me about someone else — someone who is right, so that I might learn from them. One such man emailed me on Monday to let me know that I should read Camille Paglia’s latest for Time because she is “someone who has a clue.”

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The Domestic Violence Gender Trap: Hope Solo, Ray Rice and the Tired Myopia of 'Women Do It Too'

Last week, writers for the New York Times and the Washington Post asked why, as we continue to confront domestic violence and likely coverups within the NFL, “no one” is talking about Hope Solo, a goalkeeper for the women’s national soccer team who was this summer was charged with assaulting her sister and teenage nephew. “When Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson were arrested, there were loud calls for those players to be suspended,” Juliet Macur wrote for the Times. “The response to Solo’s case? The sound of crickets — except on game days, when it changes to applause. And that’s inexcusable.”

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Federal Court Strikes Down Two Major Provisions of Texas’ Sweeping Anti-Abortion Law

A United States district court judge has blocked two provisions of Texas’ sweeping antiabortion law in a ruling that declared unconstitutional the requirements that clinics become ambulatory surgical centers and providers obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. According to the decision from Judge Lee Yeakel, each provision presented an unconstitutional burden to Texans’ access to reproductive healthcare.

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The Ultimate White Privilege: Darren Wilson and Being “Afraid For Your Life”

On Wednesday, Matt Zoller Seitz shared an anecdote to illustrate how white privilege kept him from getting arrested or otherwise harmed by the police after he started a fight on the street. The full piece is worth your time, since it’s a frank accounting of how whiteness protects in the United States, but the most revealing moment in the story comes when Zoller Seitz — who admits he escalated a confrontation with the stranger, a Hispanic man loitering outside a deli — talks to the cops who arrived on the scene. After telling the two white officers that he had confronted the guy and punched him in the face after the stranger jabbed him in the chest with his fingers, the cops asked Zoller Seitz if he wanted to press charges for assault:

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Paul Krugman: Want to Strengthen the Recovery? Stop Listening to Paranoid Inflationistas

It’s been nearly six years since the demise of Lehman Brothers “ushered in the worst economic crisis since the 1930s,” and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman would like to move on. But he can’t, and by extension we can’t, because recovery is nowhere near complete. And going for the wrong policies at this moment of fragile improvement but enduring “economic weakness” would spell disaster, and possibly “permanent depression,” according to Krugman.

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How the Tables Have Turned on the Religious Right

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doesn’t want to talk about equal marriage, at least not so much anymore. ”I don’t think the Republican Party is fighting it,” Walker said last month when asked about the issue. ”I’m not saying it’s not important, but Republicans haven’t been talking about this. We’ve been talking about economic and fiscal issues. It’s those on the left that are pushing it.” Now it’s totally weird for a guy who is on the record as being pretty into his state’s ban on equal marriage and is currently defending it in court to say he’s done fighting the changing tides, but it’s also the new GOP line at a moment when they are falling increasingly out of step with the public on everything from LGBTQ rights to contraception.

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Watch a Child Outsmart the Right-Wing 'Fox and Friends' TV Show (Video)

Illinois State University recently relabeled some of its single-stall “family” restrooms as “all-gender” restrooms. The move to designate a few bathrooms as gender neutral is a pretty simple accommodation for transgender and gender-variant students, and an effort from administrators to create an inclusive campus environment.

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Christian Motivational Speaker Who Says “Dateable Girls Know How to Shut Up” Arrested for Public Intoxication

Justin Lookadoo, the Christian motivational speaker who makes a living telling teenagers that “dateable girls know how to shut up,” was arrested in Indiana this week for public intoxication. Police found Lookadoo passed out in his car, which he had apparently vomited in. According to a report from local news station WFIE, Lookadoo had to miss a scheduled opportunity to dispense more bad advice at Evansville’s Teen Power Camp on account of being booked into county jail at the time.

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George Will: Being a College Rape Victim is a 'Coveted Status that Confers Privileges'

Washington Post columnist George Will doesn’t believe the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Instead he believes that liberals, feminists and other nefarious forces have conspired to turn being a rape survivor into a “coveted status that confers privileges.” As a result of this plot, “victims proliferate,” Will wrote in a weekend editorial that ran in the Washington Post and New York Post.

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Has the NRA Finally Met Its Match in Richard Martinez, Father of Isla Vista Shooting Victim?

Richard Martinez’s son Christopher was among the six college students murdered last weekend in Isla Vista, California. It’s impossible to fathom the grief that Martinez must be experiencing right now, and the simple fact that he is upright and mobile is an act of tremendous courage. Which is precisely what makes everything else that he has done in the days since he lost his son all the more astounding.

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Elliot Rodger's Revenge Against Humanity: Mental Illness Wrapped in Toxic Entitlement

We don’t yet know much about the six innocent women and men who were killed in Isla Vista, California late Friday night, but we have come to know a few things about the man who is alleged to have murdered them. Hours before he is believed to have fatally stabbed and shot six people and wounded 13 others in that coastal college town, Elliot Rodger filmed a video of himself — palm trees behind him, the glow of an orange sun highlighting his young face — and vowed to get “revenge against humanity.”

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Transgender Teen Spends Five Weeks in Solitary at an Adult Prison - Without Being Charged

A 16-year-old transgender girl was held in solitary confinement at an adult prison in Connecticut for five weeks, despite the fact that she is a juvenile, is not serving a prison sentence and there are no actual charges against her. The distressing chain of events that led to her eventual detention at an adult facility paint a shameful portrait of our badly broken juvenile care and juvenile justice systems, and our culture’s general disregard for the lives and safety of trans people.

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Meet the Doctor Fighting to Save Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic

Mississippi may soon become the first and only state in the nation without a single abortion provider. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the lone clinic left in the state — has been offering abortion care and reproductive health services to the women of Mississippi for decades, but it’s never been easy. The health provider has long been the target of an avalanche of regulations and restrictions passed by a deeply conservative state legislature that has only gotten savvier and in recent years. The latest and most dangerous threat to the clinic couldn’t come in a more innocuous package — a measure requiring the physicians who perform abortions at the facility to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

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Tal Fortgang, The 'I'll Never Apologize for My White Privilege' Guy, Is Basically Most of White America

A college student who doesn’t believe in the existence of structural racism or white supremacy wrote an essay about why he would “never apologize” for his white privilege, and Time magazine thought it would be a really cool idea to publish it. Probably because Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang speaks for many white Americans when he says that racism and white privilege aren’t real.

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It's Official: Tennessee Becomes First State to Jail Women for Pregnancy Outcomes

Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to pass a law criminalizing women for their pregnancy outcomes. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam took the 10 days allotted to him to consider the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups urging him to veto the punitive and dangerous measure that allows prosecutors to charge a woman with criminal assault if she uses illegal drugs during her pregnancy and her fetus or newborn is considered harmed as a result. Haslam ignored these recommendations — and the recommendations of nearly every major medical association, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy  — and signed the measure anyway.

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No, Donald Sterling's Girlfriend Does Not Have Magical Powers

Oh, those pretty women. The things they’ll make a man do! With a little meaningful eye contact, a gentle caress or a glass of juice offered to her “honey,” an attractive woman can turn a good man bad. And, in the case of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, she can also transform a not-racist man into a completely and wildly racist one!

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GOP’s New Class of Jokers: Meet the Rising Stars of the Dumbest Rebrand Ever

To answer the questions Andy Kroll raised in his Wednesday Mother Jones piece exposing New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as a terrible shithead — yes, Martinez probably is the next Sarah Palin. And yes, Martinez is also, as Kroll points out, probably the next Chris Christie. Which is to say that she is currently being floated as a great savior of the Republican Party, even though she is terrible.

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The Deportation President: Obama Has Banished Nearly 1.6 Million People for Minor Offenses Like Traffic Violations

President Obama announced in March his intention to make deportation more “humane” and address the “pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system.”

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Mississippi Sex Ed Likened Sexually Active Girls to Dirty Chocolocate

With the teen birth and sexually transmitted disease rates among the highest in the nation, Mississippi lawmakers in 2012 moved to require school districts to provide abstinence-only or so-called abstinence-plus sex education programs to students. (Though calling abstinence-only curriculum “sex education” is a stretch.)

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The GOP's Other War on Women: 5 Gender Battlegrounds Beyond Abortion and Contraception

Republicans are having a tough time shaking the “war on women” label, probably because they can’t stop themselves from sounding — and voting — like a bunch of raging misogynists. But when they do try to deflect this particular brand of sexism, it usually goes something like, “[Women are] more than just a set of reproductive organs, and I’d like someone to talk to me about how they’ll help my pocketbook and keep my health care plan that I like.”

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NFL Releases Shocking Report Detailing Richie Incognito's Racist and Homophobic Abuse

Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky pulled together some of the most damning excerpts from the NFL investigation into Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, and the abuse documented in the report is absolutely appalling. According to the investigation, Incognito — aided and enabled by other players and coaches — was behind a “pattern” of racist and homophobic harassment of Jonathan Martin and others on the team.

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A Nation Ruled by Creeps: Woody Allen, Bill Cosby and the Media's Demented “Balance”

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto took a moment this week to celebrate “balanced” reporting on sexual assault.

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