A major Ohio city is mulling an amendment to its city ordinance that critics say will allow transgendered men to use women's restrooms.
Cleveland City Council held a meeting Wednesday wherein a committee heard arguments for and against an ordinance prohibiting businesses from barring transgender people access to restrooms or facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
WASHINGTON — The Republican advantage among white working class voters increased 15 percentage points from 2012 to 2014, which delivered Republicans their big wins in the 2014 midterms, according to a report by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Although the Democratic Party has historically appealed to the working class vote, PRRI's 2014 post-election survey released Tuesday at the Brookings Institute found that 61 percent of white working class voters voted for Republican candidates, which is up from the 55 percent of the white working class voters who voted for Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
While six percentage points more white working class voters said they voted for Republicans in 2014, the percentage of working class voters who voted for Democratic candidates decreased by nine percent from the 2012 presidential election. The survey found that 26 percent of white working class voters voted for Democratic candidates in 2014. In 2012, 35 percent of white working class voters said they voted for Democrat president Barack Obama. more >>
Russian troops and tanks have been photographed entering Ukraine as the ceasefire in the Eastern European country has all but collapsed. The U.S. responded by accusing the Russian administration of talking peace while at the same time fueling war with its every action.
"The pattern is clear," Samantha Power, the American envoy to the U.N., told the Security Council on Wednesday. "Where Russia has made commitments it has failed to meet them."
"Russia has negotiated a peace plan and then systematically undermined it at every step. It talks of peace but it keeps fueling war." more >>
A couple weeks ago, The Washington Post sent a shudder up the spines of its female readers by running a story featuring a new study that found women hold fewer leadership positions within evangelical non-profits than they do in the general marketplace. Pundits are using this study to point to a struggle between submissive women and sexist men within evangelical's supposedly patriarchal community. But more facts need to be known before broad brushing us with the accusation that evangelical non-profits "ignore the gifts of women in leadership."
As easy as it is to demand greater gender diversity within evangelical non-profits, we risk minimizing the professional sacrifices many women choose to make for the sake of their personal lives. Women's juggling of jobs and family at the same time is called work-family balance, and workplace flexibility is the only thing that makes it possible.
As two women, we represent very different seasons in life through which most women go. In our single 20-somethings, women have the time to put in the 12-hour work day the non-profit world often demands, and then commuting the hour-long train or car ride home before driving through Taco Bell and finally calling it a day. The next day, we wake up and do it all over again. This is often the lifestyle it takes for a woman (or man) to climb the career ladder in the public and private sectors. But that's not a preferable lifestyle for most women with children at home. more >>
A recent Gallup poll found that, in keeping with the midterm election results, a majority of Americans want the Republican Party to lead the country rather than President Barack Obama.
In a Tuesday poll, Gallup found that 53 percent of respondents wanted the GOP to lead the direction of the United States, versus 36 percent for President Barack Obama.
Though my own military service is winding down (I transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve earlier this year), I'm still a veteran. That's a part of my identity now, and it will be for the rest of my life. Military service is becoming less common with each American generation. Consequently, not only do fewer Americans know what it's like to serve, fewer Americans even know people who've served. So, on this Veteran's Day, here's a brief reflection on just a few ways service has changed my life.
First, there is no sense of pride or purpose quite like the pride or purpose of serving your country. There are moments I'll never forget: The first time I saluted the flag wearing my country's uniform . . . shaking hands with a World War II veteran at Fort Benning — just before boarding my own flight to war . . . sitting, terrified, just behind the door gunner of a Chinook helicopter on my first night in Iraq, watching the tracers rounds from a distant firefight. Every veteran has their own indelible memories, and virtually every veteran feels pride and purpose in their own service. In fact, it is that loss of purpose that is often most damaging when vets come home, when their "mission" ends.
Second, service taught me humility. The men I served with demonstrated courage that the vast majority of Americans cannot comprehend. And this courage came from ordinary men. I think it's comforting for Americans to view combat veterans as somehow different from them — a different kind of person — thus removing any sense of conviction that they, too, could have served — that they, too, could have laid their lives on the line. Yet the men and women I served with downrange were just like me . . . and just like you. They just made different choices. First, to serve their country, and — second — to rise to the occasion when their lives were on the line. more >>