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Stormy Daniels' 60 Minutes Interview Points Out Something Hugely Problematic About How Women Have Sex

“[Donald Trump] was sitting, you know, on the edge of the bed when I walked out, perched,” Stormy Daniels told Anderson Cooper Sunday night on an explosive episode of "60 Minutes," one that drew the highest ratings in 10 years as Americans tuned in to hear more about the president’s latest sexual scandal.

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Why We Need Black Feminism More Than Ever Under Trump

In April 1977, members of the black feminist Combahee River Collective—named after Harriet Tubman’s 1863 raid in South Carolina to lead more than 700 enslaved people to freedom—published a document called the Combahee River Collective Statement. In this document, they made a case for understanding how racism, sexism, class oppression, and homophobia are all connected, writing, “If black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.”

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Conservatives Just Don't Understand That Racism Runs Deep in American Education

Betsy DeVos and company are at it again. The DeVos-led Department of Education is currently cooking up ways to get rid of the 2014 Obama-era guidelines for K-12 public school discipline, which was aimed at ameliorating discrepancies based on race, class and disability when it comes to how students are punished in school.

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Who Will Have the Guts to Pull Americans Out of the Wreckage of the Student Loan Crisis in 2020?

Donald Trump and his ally Betsy DeVos are stopping at nothing in shredding our public educational system and further perpetuating the rampant economic and education-based inequality plaguing our increasingly Dickensian society. Their latest move in attacking students is the provision in the tax bill that would tax the tuition waivers of graduate students, which for many students would increase their taxes by 400% and effectively force countless people who are barely scraping by to drop out of grad school or keep them from entering in the first place.

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Southern Plantations Should be Slave Memorials - Not Storybook Theme Parks, or Trump Businesses

The Trump brothers, Eric and Donald Jr., have embarked on a new business venture to open luxury hotels in Mississippi as part of an effort to cash in on the state's blues music culture. These hotels will be far removed from commercial airports or interstate highways and will be in a majority black, economically depressed area "surrounded by cotton and soybean fields," according to the Washington Post. To complete this outrageous picture, the hotels will reportedly be designed to resemble an "antebellum plantation."

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7 Reasons Why Betsy DeVos' Latest Hire May Be Her Scariest Yet

Since taking the helm at the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos has put together a who’s who of for-profiteers, regulatory rollback artists and civil rights skeptics. But her latest hire, conservative attorney Hans Bader for a job in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Education, may be the most alarming so far. The appointment of Bader—and what we know of his most recent work as senior counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian think tank, from 2003-2017 as well as his past work as senior counsel at the conservative Center for Individual Rights (CIR)—raises multiple red flags about the ongoing love affair between extreme right-wing ideology and corporate influence in the Trump administration. Here are seven reasons why this latest hire may be DeVos' scariest yet.

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Academia is in Crisis - And It’s Political

Some of the most cutting-edge and politically engaged scholars of our age are leaving higher education or being pushed out. Young academics who graduated from one of the growing numbers of Ph.D programs in women’s and gender studies, ethnic studies, and other interdisciplinary programs—programs that typically trace their histories back to social movements for marginalized populations and which explicitly state their commitment to advancing social justice—are finding their futures in the academy untenable. Meanwhile this is happening as the United States tunnels through a political era in which every voice championing justice and compassion is needed.

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