Do immunizations cause autism? Don’t ask a celebrity

We don’t take advice from celebrities on many issues, like how to avoid scandal or how to turn down Oprah’s request for an interview. Why? Because celebrities are renowned for both scandalous behavior and illuminating Oprah interviews. But it’s surprising what we do take advice from celebrities about and increasingly, that is whether or not…

This week in litigious politicians: MO state rep sues federal gov’t over birth control in ACA

It’s been in the media for just a few days but has already received national attention. Missouri Representative Paul Wieland and his wife are suing the federal government for “forcing” them to receive health insurance benefits that include coverage of birth control, which is against their religious beliefs. Rep. Wieland, quoted here: Missouri Consolidated Health…

The racial dot map

Many of us in progressive circles pride ourselves on being a diverse, tolerant, and accepting group. And we are. It’s not hard to see how that plays out in politics, with the GOP constantly struggling for relevancy among minorities, not usually an issue for Democrats. Thanks to Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper…

Koch-ifying the news

Industrialists Charles and David Koch, well known for their climate change denial, have very recently expressed interest in buying newspapers. We all know the Koch brothers by now. They are known to create and support partisan astroturf groups [e.g. Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity] that have no problem bending and/or denying the truth to fit…

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