WHAT'S HAPPENING

As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why

December 11, 2017 4:04 am

By Nina Martin for NPR On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black…

Why Women Vote For Sexual Predators

December 11, 2017 4:00 am

By Kaz Weida for RANTT In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the women of America stumbled around feeling more than a little shell-shocked. How had we gone from anticipating a woman would become the first president of the United…

Women Line Up to Run for Office, Harnessing Their Outrage at Trump

December 5, 2017 6:51 pm

By MICHAEL TACKETT for NYTimes LEESBURG, Va. — For Wendy Gooditis, a Northern Virginia real estate agent, the crystallizing moment in her decision to run for office was when she heard her state delegate suggest that he had fought gerrymandering…

The Men Who Cost Clinton the Election

December 3, 2017 9:54 pm

By Jill Filipovic for NYTimes Matt Lauer, like Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin before him, is a journalist out of a job after his employer fired him for sexually harassing female colleagues. It’s good news that real penalties are now…

How Misogynistic Male Reporters Shaped The Coverage Of The 2016 Election

November 30, 2017 7:27 pm

By Remy Anne for RANTT 2017 is the year of unmasking. From realizing which of your family members and friends are bigoted racists, to discovering how powerful men really think of women, there’s no more hiding who you truly are…

Jared Kushner, Not Michael Flynn, Could Be Russia Probe’s Next Big Target, Obama Ally Says

November 25, 2017 3:41 am

By Celeste Katz for Newsweek The Obama administration’s ethics czar says if a former top aide to President Donald Trump cooperates in the ongoing Russia probe, he could drop a dime on Trump’s son-in-law — and set off a chain…

We’re Sick of Racism, Literally

November 12, 2017 11:21 pm

By DOUGLAS JACOBS for NYTimes Estifanos Zerai-Misgun, a black Brookline, Mass., police officer, pulled up in an unmarked car and greeted his superior, a white lieutenant. He wasn’t prepared for the response by the lieutenant, who said, as he gestured…

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

November 10, 2017 9:32 pm

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film. But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s…

How Betsy Devos’ Title IX Actions Will Hurt Students With Disabilities

October 27, 2017 11:27 pm

Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education was formally withdrawing some Obama-era Title IX guidelines, including the 2011 Dear Colleague letter that charged colleges and universities with taking “immediate and effective steps to…

Undocumented teen immigrant has the abortion she sought for weeks

October 27, 2017 11:23 pm

The 17-year-old crossed illegally into the United States after making the trek north from Central America. She dreamed of studying nursing and, someday, caring for senior citizens. Having a baby, her lawyers say, was not part of her plans. But…

A New Memo Orders Federal Prisons to Provide Tampons—But How Well Is It Being Followed?

October 27, 2017 11:17 pm

“Pads have always been free since I’ve been here,” said Lisa, who has been incarcerated at the federal prison in Waseca, Minnesota, since 2011. “If I had to buy them, I wouldn’t be able to afford them.” There, Lisa—who asked…

Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Campaign as a Transgender Woman in Trump’s America

October 27, 2017 11:10 pm

We’re both still sweating, wiping our foreheads and noses and chins after a blistering heated yoga class, but Danica Roem doesn’t want to shower just yet. Arms crossed, she leans against the wall outside the women’s locker room at a…